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L.A. Port Rules Spur Natural Gas Trucks

January 2, 2012 in NGVs by rich  |  No Comments

As of the New Year, all drayage trucks calling at the Port of Los Angeles have to meet or exceed 2007’s new-truck emissions standards, POLA says, forecasting that, as a result of a progressive ban adopted in 2006 and enacted in 2008, 1,473 of the current drayage fleet of 11,772 trucks serving the port through 2011 will be gone effective this week.

Trucks like this LNG-fueled Kenworth T800 have become a reality at Los Angeles ports

Trucks like this LNG-fueled Kenworth T800 have become a reality at Los Angeles ports

It is “the final milestone” of a Clean Truck Program “that has succeeded in slashing harmful diesel particulate emissions from trucks serving the San Pedro Bay Ports by 89% in about three years,” POLA says.

POLA’s CTP has included some $12.5 million in incentives for natural gas trucks, resulting in about 900 now running on LNG-liquefied natural gas and CNG-compressed natural gas.

Statewide, POLA notes, all drayage trucks must meet 2007 clean engine standards by January 1, 2014.

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