The port tariff would achieve an 80% reduction in truck emissions within five years. The dirty truck ban would start October 1, 2008, by excluding pre-1989 trucks. By January 1, 2012, trucks that do not meet the 2007 federal standard would be banned from port service.
“The Port is proposing this tariff to meet the aggressive air quality goals of our Clean Air Action Plan,” said Robert Kanter, the Port’s managing director of environmental affairs.
The Los Angeles Harbor Commission approved a similar tariff at its November 1 meeting.
The tariff’s ban will rely on electronic identification technology. Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags will be placed in trucks and RFID tag readers will be installed at Port terminal gates to ensure access only for clean trucks.
The Harbour Commission has special meetings scheduled Monday morning, November 5, on personnel matters and to confer with counsel, so the board’s meeting will not begin until 2 p.m. instead of the regular meeting time of 1 p.m.