As expected, the commissioners who oversee the Port of Los Angeles voted Thursday, May 15, to ban owner-operators by the end of the year 2013, with the transition set to begin Oct. 1 this year.
In a press release, Commission President David Freeman stated that eliminating owner-operators will create a reliable short-haul system that will produce rapid improvements in air quality.
The ban will be phased in. At first, carriers who are licensed with the port will be able to use a mixture of company drivers and owner operators. But by 2013, all drivers will be required to be company drivers with equipment that meets the tough California clean air standards.
To read the commission’s statement about the agreement and to see the schedule for the phase-in period, click here.