CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR SIGNS PORT LEGISLATION
California Gov. Gray Davis last week signed a bill that aims to reduce truck diesel emissions in port areas by encouraging terminals to offer extended hours and/or adopt an appointment scheduling system that decreases truck idling at gates.
The bill (AB 2560) imposes a $250 fine on a marine terminal each instance a truck operator allows their engine to idle more than 30 minutes while waiting to enter the terminal gate.
“This bill will reduce the volume of harmful emissions that have plagued harbor communities for years,” Davis said.
The bill, however, has drawn criticism from drayage operators that point to congestion at port terminals.