Thursday, October 8, 2009

Oakland Port Opts for Tougher Truck Ban

The Port of Oakland's five-member Board of Port Commissioners voted unanimously on Tuesday to tighten exemptions on a pot-wide ban on older-model year trucks that goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2010.

The ban, an effort to address port-generated diesel truck emissions, was approved in June by the Board. When implemented the ban will require 1994-2003 model year trucks to be retrofit with diesel soot filters to gain access to the port.

The commissioners, selecting the stricter of two options before them Tuesday, voted to only provide one-day exemptions to the ban for non-filtered trucks that are hauling beef, peaches and/or perishable goods. Oversized trucks with special loads would also be allowed to obtain an exemption under certain circumstances.

A less stringent rule rejected by the commissioners would have allowed non-filtered trucks to enter the port up to ten times during 2010.

The ban is part of statewide push to cut diesel emissions by various port authorities. Last September, the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles implemented a similar ban as part of their Clean Truck Program on all pre-1988 trucks, which will expand to include all pre-1994 trucks on Jan. 1, 2010. The LA/LB ban will cover all pre-2007 trucks by the start of 2012.

The Oakland commissioners are expected vote on a final version of the exemption rule by the end of October.