The South Carolina Ports Authority will launch a clean truck certification program on Jan. 1, 2014, to reduce port-related air emissions at SCPA’s container terminals.
Launched as a result of the Navy Base Terminal permit process, the program requires trucks serving the container terminals to have engines manufactured in 1994 or later. Truck owners must enroll in the program using the SCPA’s Clean Truck Certification Program website between Nov. 1, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014.
During the month of November, SCPA will continue to offer an incentive of $5,000 plus scrap value to truck owners who use this opportunity to upgrade their truck engines. Over the last two years, the SCPA has offered the truck replacement incentive program, with 84 trucks replaced to date.
A limited number of hardship registrations will be available on a first come, first serve basis for trucks who have called on terminals at least 52 times in the previous 52 weeks. Hardship registrations will be accepted beginning on Nov. 1, 2013, and will expire on June 30, 2014.
“The port is committed to operating in a way that is mindful of the environment and good for business,” said Jim Newsome, SCPA’s president and CEO, in a written statement. “By implementing this program, we achieve a reduction in the air quality impacts resulting from an older truck fleet, and modernize the over-the-road equipment just as we are doing on terminal with newer equipment.”
Keith Johnson, president of the Charleston Motor Carriers Association, added: “We support the clean truck program and the opportunity it gives our members to upgrade their truck engines. This is a positive initiative both for our industry and for the environment.”