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On Friday, Hundreds of trucks convoyed from the ports of Long Beach, and Los Angeles, to City Hall in downtown L.A.  They slowed traffic on the 710 Freeway.  They circled city hall while honking their horns.

The truckers were protesting the next phase of the year-old Clean Truck Program, a pollution-reduction effort at the ports that bans older trucks, among other rules.  Beginning Jan. 1, trucks built before 1994 will be barred from the ports. Trucks built between 1994 and 2003 will require retrofits to reduce emissions.

The National Port Drivers Association is pushing for an extension of the deadlines, grant funding made available to independent truckers to help pay for retrofits and cleaner trucks, and an investigation of the program. The association also opposes the Port of Los Angeles’ mandate that requires all drivers to be employees of trucking companies by 2013.

All I have to say about this, is I hope that this happens every week for the rest of the year.  I think that these ports are trying to regulate trucking.  Our owner-ops only go into the ports maybe 5, 10, or 15 times a year. They are not contributing to the pollution problem at the port nearly as much as the drivers that go in and out of the ports daily.   Some exceptions need to be considered for owner-ops.  Hopefully protests like this will make some people listen.

  1. C.S.Sampson
    November 18, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    I think when the ports start having a backlog because of there new law they will re-think what they are doing. Not many people are going rush out and buy new trucks to pull cheep load from ports,Have a nice day

  2. Jim Hudson 7904
    December 16, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    If the Port of Long Beach follows the Port of LA’s lead with regards to mandating that by 2013 all drivers entering the port be trucking company employees then the issue of retrofitting your truck becomes moot for owner/op’s. Have I misread?

    • Jason Schaftlein
      December 16, 2009 at 3:14 pm

      Neither a retrofit, or a 2007 or newer unit will do you any good at that point. The rule states that the truck that enters the port has to be owned, and maintained by the Licensed Motor Carrier (Mercer). So it has to be a “company” truck. The reason they say this rule is needed, is because people can not take care of a new truck, and it will still be as “dirty” as an older model truck. They want company trucks, because they think that they company will oversee the maintenance of the truck. The two ports do not agree with this rule, and I don’t expect it to hold up….but you never know.

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