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Oakland Port Bans Aging, Emissions-Belching Trucks

truck imageThe Port of Oakland has begun its ban on trucks with pre-1994 engines. The ban also applies to trucks with 1994-2003 diesel engines that have not yet been modified to comply with California Air Resources Board Level 3 diesel particulate filters, reports FleetOwner.

The first day of the ban resulted in 8 percent of trucks being turned away from the port. By the second day, only 6 percent of trucks were rejected, said Bruce Wargo, coordinator of program compliance with the Oakland Marine Terminal Operators.

Trucks that qualify to enter the port receive a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag that validates each truck on entry.

About 2,800 trucks routinely enter the port.

Just weeks ago, the Port of Oakland faced a possible truckers’ strike over the CARB regulations.

Manufacturers are scrambling to introduce emissions-free port drayage vehicles.

For instance, a new lithium-ion battery powered heavy duty electric vehicle may be an option for companies aiming to reduce emissions at warehouses, ports, railyards and industrial plants. The Nautilus XE20 electric yard tractor can tow loads of up to 40 tons at a top speed of 25 miles per hour.

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