PORT OF LOS ANGELES TO ALLOW QUALIFIED PROP. 1B GRANT APPLICANTS TO OPERATE TRUCKS PAST JAN. 1, 2010 BAN DATE
SAN PEDRO, Calif. — DECEMBER 1, 2009 — The Port of Los Angeles Harbor Commission has approved modifications to the Port of Los Angeles tariff to allow qualified Prop 1B grant applicants to continue operating their old trucks past the January 1, 2010 ban date while waiting for their new Prop 1B funded trucks to be delivered. The old trucks will be allowed to operate until April 30, 2010 or until their new Prop 1B-funded truck is delivered, whichever comes first. The approved extension is expected to become fully effective in early December, following the Los Angeles City Council review period under the City Charter.
Port of Los Angeles officials have been reminding truckers that the April 30, 2010 extension applies only to approved applicants for Prop 1B grants, and that the January 1, 2010, ban date will otherwise apply to all other trucks with pre-1994 engines, as well as un-retrofitted trucks with engine years from 1994 - 2003. To qualify for the Prop 1B extension, truck owners must be an approved applicant in the Prop 1B program administered by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD), and they must provide a copy of a valid purchase order for their new truck to the AQMD by December 4, 2009. The purchase orders will also be accepted until December 4, 2009 by staff at the Clean Truck Center (888-556-8789) located at the intersection of New Dock Street and Pier S Avenue. The application period for the Prop 1B grants ended in August 2009.
This extension, approved by the Los Angeles Harbor Commission on Nov. 19th, is designed to be consistent with an advisory recently issued by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) where trucks in the funding pipeline statewide for Prop 1B or closely related incentives may receive a temporary extension from the CARB truck rule, also scheduled to go into effect statewide on January 1, 2010. Truck owners and various local agencies across the state implementing such funding or incentive programs are required to take action by December 4, 2009 in order to qualify for the extension, which will be through April 30, 2010, like the Port of Los Angeles tariff amendment.
More information about the CARB extension may be found at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/onroad/porttruck/porttruck.htm
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