California air agency begins truck rules at ports

Drayage truck owners working California ports and intermodal rail yards face new emissions rules from the California Air Resources Board that carry potential fines.

Enforcement, which had been delayed since January, began May 15.

CARB’s Port Drayage Rule bans trucks with 1993 or older engines from entering ports and intermodal rail yards. Trucks with model year 1994-2003 engines must be outfitted with a CARB-approved diesel particulate filter. Owners of trucks with newer engines face phased compliance schedules.

CARB says truck owners should register each truck into CARB’s Drayage Truck Registry, meet emission control requirements based on engine model year and possess required engine labels.