PORT OF LOS ANGELES SEES SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN CLEAN TRUCK PROGRAM CONCESSION APPLICATIONS


PORT OF LOS ANGELES SEES SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN CLEAN TRUCK PROGRAM CONCESSION APPLICATIONS

Applications From Over 40 Licensed Motor Carriers And A Collective Pool of More Than 4,000 Trucks Create Momentum For L.A. Port’s Clean Truck Program

SAN PEDRO, Calif. — August 27, 2008 — With the October 1, 2008 start of the Clean Truck Program (CTP) approaching, the Port of Los Angeles reports a significant increase in applications from Licensed Motor Carriers (LMCs) who want to become drayage concessionaires under the new environmental program. To date, the Port has received and has begun processing applications from roughly 40 LMCs with, collectively, more than 2,000 trucks. All of these companies currently operate at the Port and together could generate more than one million annual calls to the Port.

“We are encouraged that a growing number of carriers have taken this vital step to continue to do business at the Port when the Clean Truck Program goes into effect in October,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Geraldine Knatz, Ph.D.

Momentum for the concession program also increased with Letters of Intent from two major national carriers and four local carriers confirming their plans to begin drayage operations as Port concessionaires in October. While the number of trucks they will operate is still to be determined, Port officials expect that, collectively, their pool of trucks from companies applying for the Clean Truck Program incentives will exceed 2,000. From the outset, these trucks will meet USEPA 2007 diesel emissions standards using a mix of clean diesel and LNG trucks.

With these companies, added to the others that have submitted Letters of Intent, the Port currently has commitments for approximately 4,000 trucks. Large and small carriers alike are interested in the new incentive programs, which will not only dramatically accelerate emissions reductions but will also save the Port more than $30 million over the life of the Clean Truck Program. Port officials encourage companies who wish to take part in the incentive programs to submit their Letters of Intent as soon as possible. The Port has limited the number of participants and these spots are being rapidly taken.

Licensed motor carriers who want more information about the Port of Los Angeles Clean Truck Program can visit www.portoflosangeles.org/cleantrucks. Licensed motor carriers seeking concession or truck grant application assistance can also call a Port representative at 1-888-KLN-POLA, or visit the Clean Trucks Center at Pier S Avenue and New Dock Street on Terminal Island.

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