Jan. 1: Ports of L.A., Long Beach ban pre-07 engines

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line staff writer | 12/30/2011

Beginning Jan. 1, trucks with 2006 model year and older engines won’t be allowed to drive onto the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach – the culmination of a nearly four-year process at the twin ports.

The twin ports, which had once been estimated to bring in 40 percent of U.S. imports, each began implementing a Clean Truck Program in 2008 by banning pre-1994 MY truck engines. The ban has progressed annually.

Jan. 1 will also mark the end of the clean trucks fee at the Port of Los Angeles.

The Port of Los Angeles made an estimated $60 million from the $35 per twenty-foot equivalent unit clean truck fee paid by drivers of trucks that didn’t meet the 2007 standard.

The port provided $44 million in grants for new trucks for several companies. The port asked for some of that money back, however, when it discovered some motor carriers that had received the grant money were purchasing new trucks and rarely using them at the ports.

Arley Baker, deputy executive director of communications at the Port of Los Angeles, told Land Line Magazine Wednesday they didn’t expect any traffic backup issues at the port related to the latest phase of the Clean Truck Program.

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