Port of Los Angeles extends truck enforcement for new truck purchasers

| 12/18/2009

Truckers working at the Port of Los Angeles may have longer to comply with the port’s new emissions rule – provided they are ordering a new truck by New Year’s Eve.

The Port of Los Angeles announced this week that it was extending enforcement of its Clean Truck Rule for any truckers who can prove they are waiting for truck manufacturers to deliver an already purchased truck. The extension is good through April 2010.

“To sign up for this latest extension, truckers need to be registered on both the State and Port Drayage Truck Registry by Dec. 30, and they must provide a copy of a purchase order or other evidence of a commitment of funds for the new truck or retrofit to the Air Resources Board by Dec. 31, 2009,” a port statement reads.

For more information, visit the Port’s Web site by clicking here.

The Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles banned pre-1989 trucks from entering their ports beginning last year. On Jan. 1, 2010, trucks with 1993 model year engines and older will be banned. By 2012, only trucks meeting 2007 model year diesel engine emissions standards will be allowed at the ports.

The California Air Resources Board has extended its enforcement dates for the same reason, and the state air agency’s extension for new truck purchasers also expires at the end of April 2010.

The expanded extension comes in response to widespread criticisms that only truck owners obtaining statewide grants for truck upgrades were getting an enforcement extension until April 2010. Several state trucking groups had objected, particularly over the state’s bankrupted grant funds.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer