ATA Applauds Court Ruling on LA Port Trucking

ATA Applauds Court Ruling on LA Port Trucking

The American Trucking Associations has applauded the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision today to reject two concession requirements in the Port of Los Angeles’ clean-trucks program.

“We are gratified that, at the conclusion of many years of litigation, the highest court in the land unanimously agreed with ATA on these rules,” said Bill Graves, ATA president and CEO, in a written statement. “Our position has always been that the port’s attempt to regulate drayage operators — in ways that had nothing to do with its efforts to improve air quality at the port — was inconsistent with Congress’s command that the trucking industry be shaped by market forces, rather than an incompatible patchwork of state and local regulations.

“The decision is sure to send a signal to any other cities that may have been considering similar programs that would impermissibly regulate the port trucking industry,” he noted.

The nation’s highest court said the two concession requirements — that motor carriers display certain placards on their trucks, and that the companies have off-street parking plans for the trucks — violate federal pre-emption law.