Trial begins for ATA lawsuit against Port of Los Angeles

| 4/21/2010

A major lawsuit against a portion of the Port of Los Angeles’ Clean Truck Program has gone to trial in federal court in California. The trial began Tuesday, April 20.

The lawsuit, filed by American Trucking Associations, claims that portions of the port program violate constitutionally protected interstate commerce, including the port’s requirement that truck drivers be company employees by 2012.

Aside from the company driver requirement and some rules aimed at helping port security, the Clean Truck Program aims to reduce truck emissions at the port.

The Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles have banned pre-1989 trucks from entering their ports. By 2012, only trucks meeting 2007 model year diesel engine emissions standards will be allowed.

Originally, ATA’s suit was filed against both ports of the twin port complex, though the complaint against Long Beach was dropped after the two parties settled out of court.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer