CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 2008 |
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa signed a law Thursday that will phase out the use of exhaust-spewing diesel trucks carrying cargo from the Port of Los Angeles, part of a larger $1.6-billion clean-air initiative that will affect more than 17,000 older diesel trucks. "This is the most aggressive effort to clean up the air at a port anywhere in the world," Villaraigosa said at a City Hall news conference. "Today, Angelenos can rest assured their children will breath easier and so will their grandchildren," he said.
February 25, 2010 |
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.
January 24, 2012 |
Freight tonnage hauled by U.S. truckers -- a barometer of economic activity -- rose 5.9% last year, the biggest year-over-year annual gain since 1998. Monthly truck tonnage jumped 6.8% in December and .3% in November, the American Trucking Assn. reported Tuesday. Trucking is a good economic indicator because the industry moves 67.2% of all U.S. freight tonnage, about 9 billion tons of goods in 2010, the association said. "While I'm not surprised that tonnage increased in December, I am surprised at the magnitude of the gain," Bob Costello, the association's chief economist, said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2008 |
A federal court judge in Los Angeles on Monday tentatively denied a trucking association's bid to block a landmark clean-truck program at the nation's busiest port complex. After a 40-minute hearing, U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder said she would probably allow the program to move forward, despite objections from truckers. "The balance of hardships and the public interest tip decidedly in favor of denying the injunction," she said in court. Under the program, the adjacent ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach would upgrade their aging fleet of about 16,800 mostly dilapidated rigs that produce much of the diesel pollution in Southern California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 2008 |
A federal court judge Tuesday denied a trucking association's request that she halt key elements of a landmark program designed to help reduce pollution at the Los Angeles-Long Beach ports complex. Granting the request "would not serve the public interest in any significant way," U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder wrote in a 26-page ruling. She said she was not persuaded by the American Trucking Assn.'s argument that big-rig drivers would experience significant hardships if forced to enter into new concession agreements required for them to service the adjacent ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
September 6, 2008 |
Following weeks of worry about whether they could meet their own deadlines, Los Angeles and Long Beach port officials said Friday that they were closing in on having enough trucking companies lined up to get their clean-air programs off the ground in October. The landmark anti-pollution efforts seek initially to rid the nation's two busiest container ports of the worst polluting trucks, which are at least 20 years old. Both ports' plans, which take different approaches to how the truck fleets will be organized, still face many hurdles, including a federal lawsuit.