Trucks entering service at the Ports of Long Beach and
Los Angeles as of Oct. 1 must be model year 2014 or newer as the San Pedro Bay
ports move forward with efforts to improve air quality and reduce the health
impacts of air pollution.
As part of the Clean Trucks Program, all trucks
going into marine terminals in the two ports must be on the Port Drayage Truck
requirement applies only to trucks registering in the PDTR for the first time.
Trucks that are already registered as of Sept. 30 will be allowed to continue
operating at the ports as long as they are current on their annual dues and
compliant with emission regulations set by the California Air Resources Board,
the ports said in a joint statement.
All trucks in port service currently are required to
be 2007 model year or newer. About half of the trucks registered in the PDTR
are at least 2010 model year or newer, the ports said.
The provisions were adopted by both the Long Beach and
Los Angeles boards of Harbor Commissioners in June and finalized in July. The
two neighboring ports coordinate on truck standards and other air quality
measures as part of the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP).
The ports said the tariff change is the first in
a series of steps the ports are taking to advance clean truck progress under
the 2017 CAAP Update, approved last November. New strategies seek to phase out
older trucks, with a goal of transitioning to zero-emission trucks by
Future steps include waiving the annual PDTR
registration fee for near-zero and zero-emissions trucks and charging a rate
for cargo moves by trucks with exemptions for trucks that meet near-zero and
zero-emissions standards, the ports said.
The latter is envisioned to begin in mid-2020.
The ports will conduct a truck rate study and
feasibility assessments prior to proposing rate changes. About 17,000 trucks
are registered to work in the San Pedro Bay port complex.
Reducing pollution from heavy-duty trucks has played a
major role in dramatic clean air progress at the San Pedro Bay Ports. Since
2005, the ports have reduced overall emissions of diesel particulate matter by
87 percent, sulfur dioxide by 97 percent and nitrogen oxides by 58 percent,
according to the most recent air emission inventories, the ports said.