Merits of port truck programs debated

Jill Dunn | May 06, 2010

Teamsters union representative Fredrick Potter testified the Los Angeles program is the only successful one of its kind.

“Every other approach, [including] the weak Long Beach program, which accounts for just 250 of the 6,000-plus new clean trucks pulling containers in Southern California, a host of voluntary programs around the country, and recent attempts by ports to couple truck bans with subsidies for individual drivers to purchase either retrofits or new trucks, have all failed by comparison to Los Angeles, leaving their communities choking on deadly diesel exhaust and drivers stuck in poverty while the technology to allow residents to breathe clean air is widely available if political leaders will force the industry to pay for it,” Potter said.

The subcommittee also heard from a licensed motor carrier, an independent drayage driver, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Coalition for Responsible Transportation.

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