January 1st is very close, and unfortunately, most of you will not have compliant trucks to enter the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.  If you are not aware of this, then you don’t read the blog enough, and you need to click on this link:  https://mercertownblog.wordpress.com/2009/10/23/clean-truck-program/, for more info.

If you have been going into the ports up until now, then you should have a RFID tag on your truck.  If your truck is not going to be compliant after the 1st, and you will not be allowed into the port, we will need for you to turn in your RFID tag.  If you have a 2004 or newer unit then keep your RFID tag, as you will still be compliant and allowed to enter the port.  The RFID tags are transferable, so as people buy new trucks, and once again become compliant to enter the port, we can then reissue those RFID tags.

Once again, if your truck will not be compliant to enter the Ports of Long Beach, and Los Angeles after the 1st, please return your RFID tag to Jason or Heidi in our Louisville office, or to anyone in the Ontario, CA office.  You do not have to send them to us, or make any special trip to bring them to us.  Just as you stop in the Mercer office in Louisville, or next time you are in Southern California, drop them off to us.  If you have any questions, email me at jschaftlein@mercer-trans.com.

A RFID (radio-frequency identification) tag is used by the port of Long Beach, and the Port of Los Angeles. When our trucks approach the port, the RFID tag communicates with security and other individuals at the port to let them know that the truck that is coming in is compliant, and allowed to enter the port. If you have never been to either of these ports for Mercer, then you would not have been issued a RFID tag. As of January 1st, trucks that are older than 2004, will be banned from the ports. So older trucks equipped with an RFID tag, don’t really need to be equipped with an RFID tag anymore.

  1. tom casey
    January 14, 2010 at 10:07 am

    Do we keep the transmitter or send it back to mercer if our truck is banned from these ca. Ports

    • Jason Schaftlein
      January 14, 2010 at 11:15 am

      You can just bring it to me in Louisville, or drop it off in the ATO office, next time you are in CA.

  2. patrick wireman
    March 19, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    do we pick up our rifd tags in louisville for the ports?

    • Jason Schaftlein
      March 20, 2010 at 4:14 pm

      No…you have to get them from our ATO agent. Then go to the port to have them installed.

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