In 2008, the Port of Los Angeles enacted the landmark Clean Truck Program which put 6,600 new emissions-compliant vehicles on Southern California roads and reduced toxic diesel rig
emissions by 80 percent years ahead of schedule.
You're filling up a 250-gallon tank on a diesel rig
that gets seven miles to the gallon with the wind behind it.
Under the terms of the lease-to-own scheme, Daimler will back the funding for a low-emissions vehicle to any independent port truck driver whose dirty diesel rig
is banned by the port, regardless of his/her credit worthiness and ability to pay.
Plus, fuel and water separators with built-in heaters and cleanable oil filtration systems keep the diesel rig
running on time for the busy and demanding race schedule.
Twelve hours a day, five days a week he checked diesel rigs
bringing in shipments.
Essential One sits on a spacious four-acre lot which has excellent ingress and egress and sufficient area to turn around anything from a small passenger car to the largest diesel rigs
on the road.
Every weekday morning, as Huff and her friends waited on Lake Manor Drive for the school bus to take them to Justice Street Elementary, they'd also see diesel rigs
roaring up the hillside road to Rocketdyne and the Santa Susana Field Laboratory.
Port officials noted that, in conjunction with Gateway Cities Council of Governments, the primarily LNG-focused truck modernization program would target truck owner-operators of older diesel rigs
who make the highest frequency of calls to Los Angeles container terminals and allow them to turn in their old rigs for disposal in exchange for new trucks with alternative fueled engines.
The San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan approved by the Los Angeles and Long Beach harbor commissions in November 2006 is targeting an 80-percent reduction in port related truck pollution by replacing the aging fleet of 16,000 trucks that serve the ports with new LNG and clean diesel rigs
that meet 2007 Federal emissions standards.
The first phase of the ban will remove all pre-1994 trucks - the oldest and most polluting diesel rigs
- from our region's ports.
Similar to the Port's current truck modernization program, in conjunction with Gateway Cities Council of Governments, the primarily LNG-focused truck modernization program would target truck owner-operators that have the oldest, dirtiest diesel rigs
and make the highest frequency of calls to Los Angeles container terminals.
Further, using low quality octane gas and ultra low sulfur fuels can create a higher pollutant level into the atmosphere, adding to a not so friendly environmental perception of big rig trucks, diesel rigs
, and other commonly driven vehicles.