L.A. Clean Trucks Program Establishes Model for WA Coalition for Clean & Safe Ports
The WA Coalition for Clean & Safe Ports is urging the Port of Seattle to adopt the L.A. Clean Truck Plan as the model for Seattle. The Port of Los Angeles’ Clean Truck Program is a central element of their Clean Air Action Plan, which targets major sources of diesel emissions at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach – ships, trains, trucks, cargo handling equipment and harbor craft. Put together, the elements of the Clean Trucks Program form a comprehensive solution to the twin problems of diesel pollution and sweatshop-on-wheels working conditions:
· Improves regional air quality by reducing emissions by more than 80 percent by 2012.
· Establishes a concession program in which trucking companies are responsible for vehicle maintenance, insurance, security, and safety measures.
· Facilitates the replacement of old trucks with low-emission vehicles.
· Establishes a progressive ban on polluting trucks beginning October 1, 2008 and culminating in 2012, when all trucks that do not meet the 2007 Federal Clean Truck Emissions Standards will be banned from the Port.
Click here to read more about the Port of Los Angeles Clean Truck Plan