Supreme Court hears case against Port of LA’s Clean Truck Program

Updated Apr 19, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court this week heard a case brought by the American Trucking Associations against the Port of Los Angeles’ Clean Truck Program, instituted in 2008, that places stricter standards on trucks delivering and picking up cargo from the port and includes some bans on independent contractors by specifying drivers must be company employees.

ATA sued the port in 2008 saying the program violated the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act of 1994 that prohibits state and local governments from creating and enforcing laws, regulations or provisions that relate “to a price, route or service of any motor carrier.”

ATA says it is concerned about the rule itself, but also says rules like this could set a precedent leading to “a patchwork of regulations” that would place unreasonable burdens on the movement of goods.”

Overdrive sister site CCJ has the full story on the court case — Click here to read it.

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