Port Will Hold Informational Workshops for Licensed Motor Carriers

San Pedro, Calif. – July 18, 2008 – The Port of Los Angeles today posted its Clean Truck Program Concession Agreement and Application.  The Concession Agreement is designed to encourage an evolution of the Port drayage market towards an asset-based system in which Licensed Motor Carriers (LMCs) enter into drayage concession agreements with the Port and are responsible for owning and maintaining the trucks used to perform drayage services at the Port.

“We are pleased to bring to the trucking community a Concession Agreement and Application that reflect a truly strategic approach to cleaning the air, strengthening safety and security of the port, and creating a port drayage system that will be economically viable and environmentally sustainable for the long haul,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Geraldine Knatz, Ph.D. 

As operators with a vested interest in maintaining their truck assets, Port of Los Angeles concessionaires will run trucks that generate lower emissions and retain maximum value over the long haul.   They also will have more incentive to pursue business efficiencies that are common within today’s trucking industry, like operating fewer trucks to accomplish the same number of container hauls – one of the easiest ways to reduce pollution and truck congestion.

Upcoming Licensed Motor Carrier Workshops
To provide an overview of the Port’s Clean Truck Program, Concession Agreement and Application, the Port will be holding three workshops for Licensed Motor Carriers at Banning’s Landing Community Center, located at 100 East Water Street in Wilmington.  The first workshop will take place from 9:00 am to 11:00 am on July 24th.  The second and third workshop will be held at the same location on July 30th, from 9:00 am to 11:00 am, and from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. 

The LMC workshops will cover the following information:  Truck Ban (beginning Oct. 1, 2008) and Drayage Truck Registry (DTR); Concession Agreement and Application and subsequent requirements like truck drivers with TWIC and phased-in employees; Port-subsidized truck replacement grants and Prop 1B funding requirements;  and the Port of Los Angeles’ Truck Scrap Buyback Program.  Staff will be on hand at each event to present the program and answer questions. 

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