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July 12, 2018

Ports of L.A. and Long Beach set new standards for cleaner trucks

Harbor Commissioners for the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles announced that they have approved measures to ensure new trucks just entering drayage service meet the cleanest engine standards, a step designed to accelerate the reduction of harmful air emissions from trucks.

The move will require new trucks that visit marine terminals to be 2014 model year or newer. The requirement takes effect Oct. 1, 2018, and applies only to trucks that are not currently registered in the Ports Drayage Truck Registry (PDTR).

The Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners approved the tariff amendment on June 21. The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners took a similar action on June 25. Final approval is expected in July.

The requirement does not apply to trucks already registered in the PDTR and current on their annual registration dues; those trucks will be able to continue operating. All trucks in port service are currently required to be 2007 model year or newer. About half of the trucks registered in the PDTR are at least 2010 model year.

Future steps include waiving the annual PDTR registration fee for near-zero and zero emissions trucks and charging a rate for cargo moves by truck with exemptions for trucks that meet near-zero and zero emissions standards. The latter is envisioned to begin in mid-2020.

Source: Port of Long Beach