Eight thousand old, emission-heavy trucks will be banned from Port of Long Beach shipping facilities as of New Year’s Day 2010, marking what the port calls a major milestone in the continuing transformation of the harbor’s trucking fleet to improve air quality and set an example for other trucking facilities.
Most of the aging big rigs already are gone, replaced by 5,600 newer and cleaner models due to the port’s Clean Trucks Program. An additional 2,400 new trucks are on order and soon will be put into service. The program began phasing out old trucks on Oct. 1, 2008. By January, nearly all of the trucks calling at the port will meet the tough reevaluated 2007 federal emissions standards.
“This New Year’s Day, we’ll celebrate a Port of Long Beach Clean Trucks Program that has accomplished a great deal in an extremely short time, bringing us the newest clean truck technology and an impressive clean air benefit for the community,” says Nick Sramek, president of the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners. “By January 1, the program will have achieved nearly an 80 percent reduction in trucking air pollution – two years ahead of schedule.”
On Jan. 1, 2010, the port will ban 1993 and older truck engines, along with un-retrofitted 1994-to-2003 truck engines. A small number of trucks that do not meet that deadline will have an extra four months to work at the port – but only if the owner is awaiting a new truck through a port or state financing program. On Jan. 1, 2012, only 2007 and newer truck engines will be allowed to enter marine terminals.
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