Few weeks back we had a post about the new clean-air guideline that comes into effect at the ports on Jan 1st and about the depression that this caused in truckers. But now there is a change being made in this ban.
The Los Angeles Harbor Commission has announced an additional set of changes to the Port of Los Angeles toll to permit truckers to carry on operating their existing trucks past the ban date of Jan. 1, 2010.
The second set of toll amendments are designed to be regular with a Drayage Truck Rule Advisory issued by the California Air Resources Board on Dec. 8.This will allow truckers who have acquired a new truck or retrofit with personal funds to carry on operating their existing truck until April 30, 2010, while waiting for the new truck to be handed over or the retrofit to be installed.
The Port tariff will permit the same extension as CARB for obtaining a truck with private resources. To meet the criteria for the extension based on private purchase of a retrofit, the truck must be a Level 3 retrofit, and it also must enclose a 25 percent NOx reduction capability in order to function in the Port of Los Angeles.
The Long Beach Port newly accepted parallel provisions to its tariff. If the retrofit on order does not have this supplementary NOx reduction ability, it will not meet the San Pedro Bay Ports ecological requirements, so the extension will not be allowed in either port.
Inorder to sign up for this new extension, truckers are required to register on both the State and Port Drayage Truck Registry by Dec. 30, and they must also provide a copy of an acquisition order or other proofs of an obligation of funds for the new truck or retrofit to CARB by Dec. 31.
The State has committed to send stickers permitting admission into ports and rail yards statewide to make the truckers eligible by Jan. 15, 2010. The two ports have decided to update their electronic gate entry system for entry into port terminals by the same date, Jan. 15, 2010.
We hope that this will now relieve the truckers to some extent.