The terminals are also working to finalise the Programme’s automated gate administration and fee collection process. The fee will be used to finance the replacement of thousands of polluting cargo trucks.
The automated gate access system and fee collection system were scheduled to begin on Monday. With this delay, terminal operators will revert back to the temporary sticker system launched October 1 to determine which trucks to allow into port terminals.
“The Clean Trucks Programme continues to function well, though starting the fee collection is essential to accelerate the environmental benefits of the program; so we hope to start fee collection soon,” said Richard Steinke, executive director of the Port of Long Beach.
On October 1, 2008, the ports took the unprecedented step of banning the most polluting trucks, the 1988 and older vehicles – the initial ban in a series planned under the Clean Trucks Programme. On January 1, 2010, the ports will ban 1993 and older trucks, and un-retrofitted model year 1994 to 2003 trucks. By January 2012, nearly the entire truck fleet serving the ports — all vehicles 2006 and older will be banned.