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Oakland Board of Port Commissioners Bans Dirty Trucks

Press Releases, Seaport, Community
October 9th, 2009

Press Releases

For Immediate Release
October 9, 2009

Oakland Board of Port Commissioners Bans Dirty Trucks

Strict Truck Ban Goes Beyond State Regulations and Starts January 2010 to Help Clear the Air

Oakland, CA 10-09-09 – This week at the regularly scheduled October 6, 2009 board meeting, the Oakland Board of Port Commissioners adopted a strict truck ban effective January 1, 2010.

Port Board President Victor Uno said, “This is another step that clearly demonstrates our commitment to a healthy community. The strict truck ban will help us achieve our goal of reducing the health risk from diesel pollution from seaport sources.” The Port of Oakland ordinance that includes the drayage truck ban will go through a second reading scheduled for October 20, 2009.

January 1, 2010, drayage trucks with engine year models earlier than 1994 will be banned at the Oakland seaport. Drayage trucks with engine year models between 1994 and 2003 have to be retrofitted with diesel particulate filters to enter Port of Oakland maritime facilities.

According to Port of Oakland Executive Director Omar Benjamin, “We are going above and beyond the state regulations by putting into effect a very tough truck ban. This will make a significant difference in cleaning up the air for Oakland and the region.”

The Port of Oakland’s drayage truck ban goes well beyond the requirements of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) regulations by establishing a turn-away requirement for non-compliant trucks at the seaport. The CARB regulations allow non-compliant trucks to serve the seaport so long as certain information about each truck is recorded and reported to CARB for enforcement.

The Port of Oakland truck ban would require that the seaport facility operator deny entry to drayage trucks, with very limited exceptions, for those who cannot demonstrate compliance with the CARB January 2010 clean trucks deadline.

The Port of Oakland will continue coordinated outreach to the seaport trucking community and maritime terminal customers to provide the latest information about the CARB regulations, the drayage truck ban and other important information regarding the Port’s Maritime Comprehensive Truck Management Program.

About the Port of Oakland
The Port of Oakland oversees the Oakland seaport, Oakland International Airport and 20 miles of waterfront. The Oakland seaport is the fifth busiest container port in the U.S.; Oakland International Airport offers 150 daily nonstop flights to 35 destinations; and the Port’s real estate includes commercial developments such as Jack London Square and hundreds of acres of public parks and conservation areas. The Port of Oakland was established in 1927 and is an independent department of the City of Oakland. Please visit: www.portofoakland.com

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Port of Oakland
Marilyn Sandifur, Port Spokesperson
Media & Public Relations
(510) 627-1193
msandifur@portoakland.com