Clean diesel and liquefied natural gas trucks now handle 52 percent of the containers moving through the Port of Long Beach, according to a study released by the port.
The neighboring Port of Los Angeles recently reported similar numbers as most of the trucks serving the Southern California port complex work at both ports.
In the week ending July 21, the report noted that there are 15,753 trucks serving the harbor. Of those, 4,888 meet or exceed federal Environmental Protection Agency standards for 2007-model clean-diesel trucks.
Some 31 percent of the harbor trucking fleet now meets the strict emission requirements contained in the ports' clean-trucks program. That number is considered to be impressive as the program was launched 10 months ago on Oct. 1, 2008.
However, the trucking community faces a difficult deadline on Jan. 1, 2010, when 2,077 pre-1994 trucks will be banned. An additional 8,000 trucks of model-years 1994 to 2003 will also be banned unless they are equipped with retrofit devices that bring them up to 2007 standards.
Diesel trucks handled 96 percent of the container moves in the harbor. Both ports this year are encouraging truck owners to purchase vehicles powered by alternative fuels. There are 436 LNG-powered trucks in the harbor and 110 are powered by biodiesel.
On Jan. 1, 2012, all trucks serving the harbor must meet or exceed 2007 emission standards.
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