September 25, 2012
Trucks serving the Ports of New York and New Jersey will be required to use Radio Frequency Identification technology sometime next year.The RFID mandate will require each truck serving the port to be identified through its VIN number and other characteristics to enhance port officials' ability to identify vehicle that may pose a security risk, reports the American Trucking Associations' Intermodal Carriers Conference.The RFID system also will allow the Port Authority to ensure 100% compliance with its Truck Replacement Program, which removes older, more-polluting trucks from the port complex. Currently, that program is monitored by random Port Authority Police Department checks as trucks exit terminal facilities. The agency expects the system to be in place by the second quarter of 2013. Once the system is online, all trucks seeking access to the port will be required to have a RFID tag installed.