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NY-NJ Ports Pushed to Reinstate Older-Truck Ban

June 17, 2016

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Key New Jersey politicians along with activist groups, including the Teamsters union, on June 16 pushed for launching a more aggressive program to replace older trucks operating at the Port of New York and New Jersey to reduce the impact of air pollution on nearby residents, according to a Journal of Commerce news story.

At a press conference on the steps of Newark City Hall, the Mayor of Newark, Ras Baraka, along with representatives of Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), formerly a Newark mayor, and members of a coalition of community activists and unions called for PANYNJ to reinstate a ban on trucks with engines from MY 2007 or earlier.

JOC reported that Amy Goldsmith, chair of the Coalition for Healthy Ports, said at the presser that “The time is long overdue for the port authority to adopt rules that require immediate and substantial reductions in the deadly diesel emissions from the trucks serving the Port of Newark. This is especially outrageous because lower emission and near-zero emission trucks are now available and in use where other port authorities have required it.”

While PANYNJ dropped the all-out ban, it is still offering funding to assist port truckers operating older trucks to buy newer, more environmentally friendly vehicles.

Back in January, the joint agency said $10.2 million in funds for its Truck Replacement Program will provide grants for a portion of the cost of replacing trucks with MY 1994 and 1995 engines that now call on the port. In addition, the agency has set a goal to eventually have all trucks serving its terminals equipped with 2007 or newer engines.

JOC also reported that when asked to respond to the call to reinstate the ban, PANYNJ spokesman Steve Coleman stated that “the port authority urges the city of Newark to enforce existing ordinances that regulate truck traffic and truck idling on local streets, both those destined for the port and those making local deliveries.”

Jeff Bader, president of the Association of Bi-State Motor Carriers, was quoted by JOC as saying the ban “would create hardship for the entire port community” and that it would be no more acceptable now than when it was dropped.

At the press conference, JOC also reported that Mayor Baraka repeated his previously stated demand that more port jobs go to Newark residents.


  1. 1. Kurt [ June 20, 2016 @ 04:36AM ]

    Why has no one asked the question as to why ports on both coasts ban older trucks for alleged pollution and air quality improvement, while all of the container chassies continue to ride on inefficient bias ply tires, which no other part of the trucking industry uses?

  2. 2. Michael Galorath [ June 20, 2016 @ 04:39AM ]

    I don't disagree with the view like CARB but I wonder who on these boards are getting kick backs from the truck manufactures. Not that any 2007 as the story says is cheap. This is just to weed out more independent drivers. Just another way to avoid the contract talks from last year.

  3. 3. Kenny [ June 20, 2016 @ 04:54AM ]

    Just a union deal to get more power. Unions are for the most part weak today because membership is weak. The whole carb deal is a lie. An old electronic engine can be pretty dam clean and use less materials and fuel to operate thus leaving less of a finger print. The EPA are lairs and we know politicians and large Union reps are too

  4. 4. Mike [ June 20, 2016 @ 05:44AM ]

    Instead of forcing the purchase of new Trucks, why not allow the older Trucks to be retrofitted? Less expensive for the independent Truck Driver and the Emissions will be reduced. Win-Win.

  5. 5. Pacific Trux [ June 20, 2016 @ 07:32AM ]

    As a truck dealer in Ca. I see first hand how the unions have attempted to take over trucking at the ports & this will continue.
    If Opacity test were used more frequently we would have much cleaner "Older" trucks on the road.
    The grant money has been minimal and is taken up by the larger fleets as it is millage based priorities.
    We have to keep small business alive!!

  6. 6. bluzyhound [ June 20, 2016 @ 09:12AM ]

    Here we go again.
    Goverment taking vehicles that work off the road to protect us from ourselves.
    That is a waste of money and resoruces to build new vehicles.
    It's a cash for clunker mentality that took functioning vehicles off the road subsidized by us and saddled customers with payments that strapped their ability to budget effectively.
    The vehicles will fall off the registration list as they age. No need for the American people to pay for anyting that they don't need to pay for.

  7. 7. ChromeGetsUHome [ June 21, 2016 @ 09:50AM ]

    Along with the grant for newer trucks, they need to give a grant to cover the increased maintenance costs associated with running CARB-compliant trucks (the increased maintenance costs associated with CARB-compliant trucks is HUGE). Also, short distances and idling are awful for DPF systems, so costs would be even higher for trucks operating in the ports. If they really want to do something to clean up the air (I've read CARB-compliance has done nothing for air quality in CA), how about increasing inspections related to emissions and requiring/incentivizing anti-idling equipment such as APUs.


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