Thursday, October 1, 2009

SoCal MTOs Meet New CARB Reporting Deadline

Marine terminal operators at the adjacent ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles announced Wednesday that they have met the deadline to comply with a new clean trucks regulation from the California Air Resources Board.

The MTOs report that they were able to meet the deadline by modifying radio frequency identification system devices previously installed at the terminals under the night-gate PierPASS program.

By utilizing these RFID modifications, the MTOs said they would meet CARB’s new reporting requirement without requiring additional registration or other action from truck and cargo owners.

The CARB regulations, which take effect today and are part of the agency’s efforts to control diesel emissions, require the ports to report back to CARB all non-compliant trucks entering marine terminals or rail yards. To comply with these regulations, the MTOs will report information already collected by the PierPASS-maintained Drayage Truck Registry for each drayage truck entering the marine container terminals.

Under the system, the RFID information will be transmitted from the terminals to PierPASS, which will communicate the information to the two ports. The ports will then transmit the required information to CARB.