The Port of Long Beach will consider a progressive ban on older trucks, similar to the one the Los Angeles Harbor Commission passed Nov. 1.
On Oct. 1, 2008, the port would begin prohibiting pre-1989 trucks. The ban would proceed to bar trucks on this schedule:
This would not apply to dedicated-use vehicles, defined as on-road vehicles that do not have separate tractors and trailers, including auto transports. The two plans are stricter than the one proposed by the California Air Resources Board and aims to achieve an 80 percent cut in truck emissions in five years.
The ban will rely on radio frequency identification tags placed in trucks; RFID tag readers will be installed at port terminal gates to limit access to clean trucks
The commission could vote on the proposal as early as its Nov. 5 meeting.