L.A. pushes back clean truck program compliance dates
Port of Los Angeles staff will later this month recommend to the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners an adjusted schedule for implementing provisions of its Clean Truck Program Concession Agreement that were previously enjoined by the federal court.
Port staff will recommend approval of an adjustment of the dates for compliance with the employee driver requirement and the off-street parking requirement in order to provide time to develop compliance systems and provide trucking companies time to begin compliance.
The delay in implantation is necessary, the port said, because the judgment by Judge Christina Snyder may put the majority of the port's concessionaires out of compliance with their concession agreements.
The adjusted schedule will likely be presented at the board's Sept. 27 meeting.
'Now that we have won the case, the port would like to implement the full concession as soon as it is reasonably practicable, but adjust the schedule to allow both our port staff and our motor carriers to prepare for compliance with some of the remaining program elements,' said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Geraldine Knatz.
The port is recommending to adjust the employee transition schedule over the next two years so that carriers will have to perform:
' 20 percent gate moves by employee drivers by Dec. 31, 2011
' 66 percent gate moves by employee drivers by Dec. 31, 2012
' 100 percent gate moves by employee drivers by Dec. 31, 2013
'This schedule is consistent with the time periods and percentages of employee driver gate moves for the initial two-year employee transition schedule, as well as the achievement date for 100 percent employee drivers under the Concession Agreements signed by the Port's Clean Truck Program (motor carrier) participants,' the port said.
The port has also recommended that motor carriers have until Jan. 1, 2011 to submit an off-street parking plan and until July 1, 2011 to implement that plan. ' Eric Johnson