Truck owners who are replacing their existing trucks this winter and spring may be able to enter the port after all in the New Year.
Beginning on Jan. 1, CARB’s Port Drayage Rule will prohibit pre-1994 model year engine trucks from entering ports in the state. CARB recently issued a four-month extension, allowing participants in state grant programs to continue entering the port in older trucks as long as their trucks had been ordered and would be in use by April.
Many in-state truck owners objected, saying the state's exhausted grant funds didn't allow them to participate in the program and left them at a competitive disadvantage with motor carriers who obtained grant funding but were still allowed to drive onto the port in older trucks through April.
This week, CARB announced it was expanding the grant extension to include anyone who is registered in CARB's Drayage Truck Registry and could prove they had ordered a truck to be in use by April.
“The revised extension now also applies to trucks awaiting privately financed replacements or retrofits,” reads a CARB statement issued Wednesday, Dec. 9.
To receive the limited four-month extension until April 30, 2009, trucks owners must:
1) Register their truck in the Drayage Truck Registry;
2) Complete a simple cover sheet; and
3) Provide a copy of a purchase order or other acceptable documentation.
The extension request must be received or postmarked on or before Dec. 31, 2009.
In a letter sent to CARB Chairman Mary Nichols last week, OOIDA President Jim Johnston asked CARB to delay enforcing its Port Drayage Rule and its reefer or Transportation Refrigeration Unit Rule as it sorts out a research scandal.
Joe Rajkovacz, OOIDA director of regulatory affairs, said CARB’s expansion of the drayage rule extension is a step in the right direction.
“It’s not the ‘full Monty’ we asked for but it is acknowledgment that their original limited exemption was discriminatory,” Rajkovacz said.
For more information, visit the Drayage Truck website at http://www.arb.ca.gov/drayagetruck or call the toll-free Help Line at 888-247-4821.
– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer
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