The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is seeking comments on a trucking group’s challenge of a plan by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to require stickers for vehicles that meet requirements of the port’s clean-trucks program.
Under the clean-trucks program, trucks with pre-1994 engines will be banned from port terminals Jan. 1. A program to help owner-operators subsidize replacement of up to 636 older trucks is off to a slow start. Rick Larrabee, the port authority’s director of port commerce, said about 50 trucks have been approved for the program and 130 to 140 applications are pending.
The port authority amended its marine tariff on Oct. 1 to require trucks entering port terminals to display a sticker showing compliance with the drayage truck register of trucks with post-1994 engines.
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The New Jersey Motor Truck Association contends the sticker requirement violated a federal law that prohibits states from forcing trucks to display stickers not required by the Department of Transportation.
Responding to the association’s complaints, the port authority said compliance would be voluntary and that no truck would be denied access to marine terminals for failing to display a sticker. Not satisfied, the trucking association asked the FMSCA to decide on the stickers’ legality. The federal agency is accepting comments until Jan. 3.
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