Maybe ?... The Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach both plan to launch their Clean Trucks Programs on Oct. 1, when all pre-1988 trucks will be banned from the ports
Long Beach,CA,USA -The Cunningham Report -28 June 2008: -- Trucking executives went to a six-hour workshop on Tuesday to both vent their frustration and try to understand that which is very difficult to understand... Under the Los Angeles plan, trucking companies will be forced to change their business models and hire employee-drivers if they want to do business at the port. Under the Long Beach plan, trucking companies can keep their business models and use owner-operators if they so desire... Both ports will require all companies servicing the ports to apply for a concession. But since the concessions are different, if trucking companies want to pick up cargo at both ports - which they all do - they will have to get two concessions. Truckers who get an L.A. concession should also be able to get a Long Beach concession, since Long Beach doesn't care if the company has employee-drivers or owner-operators. But companies with owner-operators will not be able to obtain a concession in Los Angeles... Adding to that, neither of the concession applications has been made available yet. With only three months to go before the program is expected to be in operation, time is drawing short.
On top of all that the American Trucking Associations expects to file its lawsuit challenging the legality of both plans in the second week of July, so there is a real possibility that neither plan will be implemented. Even if the ports prevail in court, it seems unlikely that they will be able to launch their programs by Oct. 1... Other drivers complained about the price differences for getting a five-year concession. In Long Beach the application fee for a five-year concession is $250; in Los Angeles its $2,500. The other thing that trucking executives in the audience were unhappy about is the bias written into the Clean Trucks Programs of both ports toward LNG-fueled trucks and other alternative fuels. LNG trucks cost more than clean diesel models and an adequate fueling station infrastructure for LNG-fueled trucks does not currently exist...
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