Gate operations at Oakland marine terminals were smoother Wednesday as the port's clean-truck program entered its second day.
"There were a lot fewer problems at the marine terminals and diagnostic center," said Bruce Wargo, speaking for the Oakland Marine Terminal Operators Association.
Terminal operators turned back a number of trucks on Tuesday when the port began enforcing a ban on pre-1994 trucks. Trucks of model years 1994 to 2003 were allowed to enter marine terminals only if they were retrofitted with approved diesel particulate traps.
Delays were also reported at the diagnostic center established in the harbor area to correct problems such as inaccurate documentation and vehicle registration or failure to have a radio frequency identification device on the vehicle.
Wargo, citing a similar experience when Los Angeles and Long Beach initiated their PortCheck system last year, said the first day of any start-up venture is normally accompanied by some glitches. Wargo also operates the Southern California system.
Registration of vehicles with the California Air Resources Board and proper installation and use of RFID tags will be the keys to improving the efficiency of the Oakland operation, Wargo said.
"Using technology to identify trucks electronically through the use of RFID tags and validating each one against the CARB Drayage Truck Registry for CARB compliance, 92 percent of the trucks were allowed into the port terminals," he said.
Terminal operators say the process will become smoother each day as all parties grow more familiar with the port's requirements and with operation of the system.
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