Friday, October 3, 2008

Twin Ports Begin ‘Clean Trucks’ Program

Diesel trucks built before 1989 are no longer welcome at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, under an emissions-reducing plan implemented Wednesday.

This first phase of the contentious Clean Trucks Program is expected to remove some 2,000 trucks that would have generated more than 350 tons of diesel emissions.

“People said the fight would be too hard, but we kept on truckin’ because we knew that the people of our port communities needed relief,” said L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at a San Pedro press conference.

“We can proudly say that our Clean Trucks Program will begin on schedule, as planned, with more than enough drivers, trucking companies and clean trucks to meet the port’s demand.”

Truckers can get $5,000 for scrapping their old trucks. One case is featured on the Port of L.A. home page.

Read more in the Daily Breeze.

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