The Port of Los Angeles' effort to reduce pollution and change the way cargo is hauled to and from its terminal gates survived another court battle Wednesday when a federal appeals panel refused to block one of the plan's most controversial provisions.
Three judges from the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals denied a request for an injunction against the port's plan to require all independent haulers to become employees of approved concessions or trucking companies.
The concession plan emerged from the belief that only trucking companies could help drivers buy and maintain new lower-emissions rigs.
The American Trucking Assn. has argued that it violates federal interstate transport laws and heavily favors union organizing by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
But the appeals panel refused to side with the trucking association, returning the case to U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, where both sides will be back Thursday.
Port lawyers will be seeking a dismissal of the case. The trucking association will seek a permanent injunction against the concession plan.