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Port of Oakland Bans Drayage Trucks With Older Engines; Exceeds ARB Requirements

The Oakland(California) Board of Port Commissioners last week adopted a strict truck ban effective 1 January 2010, barring drayage trucks with engine year models earlier than 1994 at the Oakland seaport. Drayage trucks with engine year models between 1994 and 2003 will have to be retrofitted with diesel particulate filters to enter Port of Oakland maritime facilities.

The Port of Oakland’s drayage truck ban goes well beyond the requirements of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) regulations by establishing a turn-away requirement for non-compliant trucks at the seaport. The CARB regulations allow non-compliant trucks to serve the seaport so long as certain information about each truck is recorded and reported to CARB for enforcement.

The Port of Oakland truck ban would require that the seaport facility operator deny entry to drayage trucks, with very limited exceptions, for those who cannot demonstrate compliance with the CARB January 2010 clean trucks deadline.

The Port of Oakland will continue coordinated outreach to the seaport trucking community and maritime terminal customers to provide the latest information about the CARB regulations, the drayage truck ban and other important information regarding the Port’s Maritime Comprehensive Truck Management Program.

The Port of Oakland ordinance that includes the drayage truck ban will go through a second reading scheduled for 20 October 2009.

The Oakland seaport is the fifth-busiest container port in the US.



A selective ban can be very effective. To added taxes or fees. Many towns do not allow large trucks on their residential streets.

Watch for the lobbies go in action within a few days.


If they gave truck owners and operators plenty of advanced notice to comply, then that would be fair. I would say that they are not happy with this, but everyone breaths the air, so maybe everyone helping to share the costs of transition might be in order.

The ports in L.A. have had LNG and other methods to continue commerce while cleaning up the situation. They have had ships plug in while docked instead of running generators. There are a lot of common sense ways we can make it better, but helping these businesses make the transition would help as well.

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