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We have talked a little about the retrofit that is available for 1994-2003 models, that will allow them access to the Port of Long Beach, and the Port of Los Angeles.  I know that most of you are not considering the retrofit, and I can tell you that we are working aggressively to get alternate solutions for our pre-2004 units to haul containers out of these ports.  I have highlighted the specific details in red below.

Important Message to Licensed Motor Carriers and Independent Owner Operators!


Starting January 1, 2010, drayage trucks with engine Model Years of 1993 and older will be banned from entering terminals at the Port of Long Beach and Port of Los Angeles. Trucks with engine Model Years 1994 to 2003 will be allowed access only if equipped with a level 3 verified diesel emission control system (VDECS) that also achieves a minimum 25 percent reduction in NOx emissions. Trucks with engine Model Years 2004 and newer will continue to have access until January 1, 2012, after which ONLY trucks with engines that meet the 2007 emissions standards will be allowed entry into the ports.

Licensed Motor Carriers (LMCs) and Independent Owner Operators (IOOs) considering retrofits for their trucks equipped with Model Year 1994 to 2003 engines should be aware of the following:

· Not all 1994 to 2003 engine Model Years are approved for retrofit with a CARB or U.S. EPA approved level 3 VDECS. You should consult with a retailer or installer whether your truck is eligible and suitable for a retrofit.

· The emissions standard for VDECS approved by the Long Beach and Los Angeles ports are NOT the same as the emissions standard for VDECS approved by the state. The ports require that you install a level 3 VDECS that also achieves a minimum 25 percent reduction in NOx emissions. NOTE: If your truck receives a VDECS that meets the ports’ retrofit standard, by definition it will also meet the state’s retrofit standard.

· Even if your truck’s engine is approved by the vendor as being on the eligible list for retrofitting, it must be checked out by the vendor to ensure that it is in suitable condition and being operated in accordance with the VDECS manufacturer’s requirements. For example:

o Your truck’s engine must be mechanically sound and it cannot have excessive levels of engine oil in the exhaust

o Your driving profile must generate enough exhaust heat to meet the operational requirements of the VDECS. That means things like how often you stop, how far you drive and how long you idle on a typical day will determine whether or not the retrofit works. Before installing a level 3 VDECS in your truck, the vendor must log data from your truck (typically a week) before determining whether your truck can be retrofitted.

· Retrofitting of a VDECS can moderately increase backpressure on your truck’s engine, adding additional stress to engine components. It is very important that your rig and the emission control device are well maintained. The cost of a properly installed, ports-approved level 3 VDECS is estimated at $20,000 to $25,000. Maintenance costs are estimated at $300 to $500 a year. Additionally, your fuel economy (MPG) may be slightly reduced.

· Currently, no retrofit is available that will make your truck equipped with a Model Year 1994 to 2003 engine exempt from the January 1, 2012 ban of all trucks equipped with a Model Year 2006 or older engine; therefore, you must continue to pay the $35 per TEU Clean Trucks Program fee.

Truck owners that retrofit their trucks equipped with Model Year 1994 to 2003 engines with the proper diesel emission control system must visit the Temporary Access Center (TAC) BEFORE the January 1, 2010 deadline to verify that their trucks comply.

The Temporary Access Center is located at 3593 New Dock Street (Pier S Avenue and New Dock Street), Terminal Island, San Pedro, CA 90731.

Failure to do so means you will be barred from the terminals starting on January 1, 2010, until the truck is verified by the TAC..

Note: Applicants for Proposition 1B (Prop 1B) funded replacement trucks should contact the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) for more information about possible continued use of their trucks IF they have signed a Prop 1B award contract.

To learn more about equipping your port drayage truck with a verified emission control technology:

· Visit the Ports’ websites http://www.portoflosangeles.org/CTP/idx_ctp.asp and http://www.polb.com/cleantrucks.

· Call the Clean Trucks Program Help Line – (866) 721 – 5686

· Contact the Clean Trucks Center – 888-KLN-TRUX (888-556-8789)

· Contact the AQMD (Proposition 1B Program) – (909) 396-2000

  1. Robin McKellip
    December 2, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    Jason, I have a question more than a comment. What is Proposition 1B? Robin unit 9185

    • Jason Schaftlein
      December 2, 2009 at 1:35 pm

      It has to do with the drayage companies that have used grant money to purchase new equipment. Currently the only grant money available is for trucks that enter the port 150+ times a year. There is zero grant dollars available for Independent Owner Operators right now.

  2. Dan Parks
    December 4, 2009 at 1:43 am

    So if I’m reading correctly, I can take that RFID tag off my mirror on New Years Eve of this year? I sure don’t have 20k to comply with their ridiculous rulings!

    Unit #11411

    • Jason Schaftlein
      December 4, 2009 at 8:43 am

      That is true for now. Multiple organizations, such as the ATA, and the National Port Driver’s Assoc. are fighting this. As it looks for now though…your RFID tag will be useless.

  3. wayne
    December 6, 2009 at 9:22 am

    Screw California and and the wacked out enviro socialist libs!!

  4. Dan Parks
    December 7, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    Jason, I thought you may find interest in the following link.


  5. Alexander
    December 25, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    With this reccession in hand and america going through a financial struggle how do you expect us to give 20k easy?
    For an euqipment that we would have to change in about 2 years, i find this absurd. How do you really expect everyone to give up 25k that easy.People aren’t just loosing jobs but their homes, kids left in the streets with their parents with out jobs or money.
    Seriously how do you expect alot, from people who have little?
    If the state of CA and city of Los Angeles and Long Beach, why dont you consider closing down cigarrete companies who keep more people in hospitals instead of a truck owner trying to make a living to help support his family.
    Also the federal gov. gave 50k to help support the owner opperators and it was devided with in the companies but it seems that they have forgotten about owner operators, if the gov. does not have money to support this cause what makes you think truck drivers do?

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