Long Beach, Los Angeles Harbor Commissions approve Clean Truck Fund spending plans

The Port of San Pedro in Los Angeles CA with San Vicente Bridge in the Long Beach area with shipping containers stuck at harbor. Congestion at the Port of Los Angeles has been getting worse for months and shows no signs of letting up before the holidays. The port in San Pedro is the busiest it’s been in its 114-year history as people buy more online than ever before.

The Harbor Commissions of the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have each adopted spending plans for the Clean Truck Fund (CTF) rate program.

The plans, approved separately by each port, target the development and deployment of zero-emission (ZE) trucks and infrastructure, and move the two ports closer to their CAAP goal of being serviced by a 100% zero-emission drayage truck fleet by 2035.

Under the CTF program, starting 1 April the Port of Long Beach and the Port of Los Angeles will begin collecting a rate of $10 per TEU on loaded drayage trucks entering or leaving their container terminals.

The program is expected to generate up to $90 million from the San Pedro Bay ports in its first year. Exemptions to the CTF rate will be provided for containers hauled by zero-emission trucks; containers hauled by low-nitrogen oxide-emitting (low-NOx) trucks will receive limited-time exemptions from the CTF rate. 

The CTF spending plans approved by the ports’ respective harbor commissions outline priority targets and pathways that will be used to disseminate the newly collected funds, including: 

  • Truck Voucher Incentive Program: to incentivize the purchase of ZE trucks that service the San Pedro Bay port complex, the two ports will provide first-come, first-served, point-of-sale ZE truck purchase vouchers for at least $150,000 to licensed motor carriers in the Port Drayage Truck Registry. Each truck funded will be obligated to provide drayage service to the San Pedro Bay Port complex for a period of three years.
  • Infrastructure Funding Program: Modeled after existing federal, state and local grant programs and to be managed by a third-party administrator, this program could provide funds to help drayage licensed motor carriers to install or obtain ZE charging and/or fueling infrastructure. Funding could also be used to support public charging and fueling infrastructure for zero emission drayage trucks.

The programme is a key component of the ports’ Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP).

The ports will host stakeholder engagement activities in the coming months to answer questions and help truckers gain access to these programs. 

Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka commented: “A transition to a zero-emission truck fleet will require extensive cooperation from the public and private sector, with multiple funding streams beyond what this new Clean Truck Fund can provide.

“We urgently need our partners to accelerate technology advancement and step up their commitment, investment and support to make this large-scale changeover to zero-emission trucks a success and a model for others to follow.”

Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero added: “The Clean Truck Program allows us to aggressively balance pursuing zero-emissions operations with economic vitality and competitiveness.

“The Clean Truck Fund spending plan is a vital part of this. It is our hope the incentives and infrastructure program will lead to other public and private investments as we work together with our many partners to transition our operations to a greener future.”

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