A federal judge late Thursday upheld the Port of Los Angeles’ “clean trucks” plan to require drivers moving through the port to comply with hiring and maintenance rules.
In a 57-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder rejected arguments from American Trucking Associations that had argued the plan was not in compliance with federal laws dealing with transportation safety and interstate commerce. http://www.ttnews.com/articles/basetemplate.aspx?storyid=25072
The Port of Los Angeles’ Clean Truck Program is a central element of the Clean Air Action Plan, which targets major sources of air emissions at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach – ships, trains, trucks, cargo handling equipment and harbor craft.
The Clean Truck Program:
Establishes a progressive ban on polluting trucks
October 1, 2008: All pre-1989 trucks were banned from entering the Port
January 1, 2010: 1989-1993 trucks will be banned, in addition to 1994-2003 trucks that have not been retrofitted
January 1, 2012: All trucks that do not meet the 2007 Federal Clean Truck Emissions Standards will be banned from the Port