All drayage trucks – short-haul vehicles that carry goods between ports, docks and rail yards – must now adhere to the port’s Clean Truck Program in order to enter cargo terminals. They must be registered with the port and display a “green gateway” sticker.
Trucks with engines older than model-year 1994 may be eligible for a $5,000 incentive from the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency.
The port said nearly all trucks have complied, and terminals have not had any unusual back-ups since the program debuted.
So far, almost 6,000 trucks and over 1,100 truck owners have registered in the port’s Drayage Truck Registry, and 269 trucks have been scrapped.
A joint strategy between the ports of Seattle, Tacoma and Vancouver, B.C. agreed to cut truck emissions to the level of 1994-model engines by 2010.
They have agreed that by 2015, 80 percent of heavy-duty drayage trucks will have the emissions level of 2007 or newer models. This increases to 100 percent by 2017.
Correction: January 10, 2010 An earlier version of this article mistakenly said “engines from 1994 or earlier” in paragraph one. This has now been corrected.