Accelerating the deployment of cleaner heavy-duty trucks

The Clean Truck Program, a core part of the Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP), is a landmark initiative that has dramatically reduced harmful emissions from heavy-duty trucks moving goods through the Port.


What is the Clean Truck Program?

In 2008, the Port of Los Angeles began phasing in strict emissions and safety standards for all trucks regularly calling at its container terminals. By 2012, the Port successfully converted the entire fleet of heavy-duty vehicles to clean trucks. The benefits of the Clean Truck Program include:

  • Dramatic clean air gains
  • Greater security in the harbor area
  • Accelerating development of cleaner technologies


Newer Trucks Means Cleaner Air

In less than four years, the Port of Los Angeles phased out thousands of older dirty trucks that did not meet 2007 Federal Clean Air Emissions Standards. With those trucks banned from the Port since 2012, harmful emissions of diesel particulate matter (DPM) and sulfur oxides (SOx) from heavy-duty vehicles have been virtually eliminated. Today, DPM emissions from trucks are down 97 percent and SOx emissions from trucks are down 91% since 2005. Truck-related emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) are down 71%. Modernization of the fleet continues with growing numbers of companies operating 2010 trucks with even cleaner engines in the harbor.

Improving Health and Safety of Truck Drivers and the Public

In addition to strict emissions requirements, the Clean Truck Program requires all trucks calling at the Port to have a concession agreement. This ensures more than 15,500 drayage trucks calling today at the Port also meet safety, maintenance and insurance standards and trained drivers are behind the wheel.

Using Data to Make the Harbor District More Secure

All motor carriers operating at the Port of Los Angeles are required to enroll their trucks in the Port Drayage Truck Registry and obtain a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag. All Port terminals have RFID tag readers to manage truck access and ensure they comply with safety and environmental requirements. As a result, the Port is a more secure facility and knows the trucking companies, vehicles and drivers moving international cargo through the harbor.

Accelerating Development and Deployment of Newer, Cleaner Technologies

The Clean Truck Program helped accelerate the development and deployment of heavy-duty trucks that run on alternative fuels. In addition to offering incentives to the cleaner diesel trucks, the Port also supported companies willing to invest in trucks that run on natural gas. Working toward the ultimate goal of eliminating all pollution from the harbor area, the Port continues to support testing trucks that run on electric battery and fuel cells systems. Port partners include engine manufacturers, trucking companies, scientists and clean air experts.

A Model for Reducing Truck Emissions Globally

Many trucks calling at the Port of Los Angeles also call at the Port of Long Beach. To ensure trucks operating throughout the harbor complex meet environmental and safety standards, the two ports collaborated on their programs and the Port Drayage Truck Registry. This landmark clean air initiative continues to serve as a model for reducing emissions from port trucks nationwide and around the globe.