Port of San Diego kicks off own clean truck program

| 6/10/2008

The Port of San Diego is the latest California port to start a clean truck program, joining Long Beach, Los Angeles, Oakland and other West Coast ports that are targeting trucks to cut pollution.

The plan relies largely on voluntary truck replacements and engine retrofits, although the port officials plan to work with the California Air Resources Board and other agencies for partial grants.

According to one application, truck owners must plan to make 150 trips to the port annually to be eligible to apply.

The Port of San Diego and the San Diego Air Pollution Control District have scheduled a public outreach meeting for truck owners interested in grants at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, June 16, at the Port of San Diego Administration Building, 3165 Pacific Highway in San Diego.

The port’s Web site – www.portofsandiego.org – lists applications and other information. Applicants are asked for information including:

  • Primary cargo and load weight;
  • Trailer type;
  • Trade corridors used;
  • Average annual vehicle miles traveled and miles traveled in California;
  • Miles traveled in San Diego/Imperial County.

For more information, call the Port of San Diego at (619) 686-6254.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer