Port of Seattle says emissions enforcement going smoothly

| Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Officials at the Port of Seattle said the first few days of enforcement of the port’s new Clean Truck Program have resulted in few delays.

Nearly all trucks have had the “Green Gateway” sticker required by the port, and terminals have not seen any lines longer than normal, a port news release stated.

As of Jan. 1, 2011, Seattle began enforcing new requirements that trucks entering the city’s port be compliant with 1994 model year engine emissions standards. Also, all trucks serving the ports’ container terminals must be registered with the port’s drayage truck registry.

“So far, over 5,929 trucks and over 1,100 trucking companies/truck owners are registered in the Drayage Truck Registry,” a statement from the port reads.

Linda Styrk, managing director of the Port of Seattle’s seaport division, told Land Line in a July 2010 interview that trucks that don’t meet emissions standards will be turned around at the gate, similar to when they don’t have a TWIC card.

Within a reasonable proximity to the gate, Styrk said, drivers may stop and register with the port’s drayage truck registry, which issues a sticker to verify the truck’s compliance to emissions rules. Registration can also be handled online.

The port knows that long-haul trucks tend to be much newer than local drayage trucks, Styrk said then.

“We don’t want anyone getting hung up,” Styrk said. “We want to keep the wheels turning for these drivers; it’s just better for everybody.”

By 2015, 80 percent of trucks making port calls must meet 2007 model year engine standards, and that figure rises to 100 percent by 2017.

According to a 2008 report, at least 75 percent of trucks making port calls at the ports of Seattle, Tacoma and Vancouver had 1994 or newer model year engines.

For more information on the Port of Seattle’s new program, click here.