Port of Seattle: Emissions plans’ simplicity helped implementation

| 1/7/2011

Trucks encountered lines no longer than normal at the Port of Seattle this week – the first days of enforcement for the port’s new Clean Trucks Program.

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

Linda Styrk, managing director of the Port of Seattle’s seaport division, told Land Line last week that most trucks have displayed the “Green Gateway” sticker the port hands out when trucks are registered.

Styrk credited the easiness of Seattle’s Clean Truck Program, combined with steady communication leading up to January’s implementation, with making the transition go smoothly.

“We put in a lot of front-end effort into putting the word out,” Styrk said. “The first two days we handled about 7,000 truck transactions – which really is about 2,000 trucks cycling in and out of our terminals – and less than 30 trucks had to be redirected because they didn’t have a sticker.

“And I think what really helped was the registration was very easy. There are no fees associated with registering and getting a sticker,” Styrk said.

Seattle placed its registration site close to port terminals, and made sure all security guards and port staff were aware of the program so they could help direct truck owners and drivers when necessary.

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.