Proposition 1B Funds for CARB Compliance

Six local air districts have received funds from the California Air Resources Board to be used to retrofit trucks running through certain trade corridors.

Trucks operating primarily in the Bay Area, the Central Valley, Los Angeles, the Inland Empire and the San Diego border corridors may be eligible for replacement or engine repower.

Additionally, owners of fleets with fewer than 40 trucks might be eligible for loan assistance without the Proposition 1B restriction of operating in specific trade corridors.

Proposition 1B, or the Highway and Port Safety and Air Quality Bond Act, was passed in 2006 by California voters. It authorizes the State of California to borrow up to 19.925 billion dollars, in the form of general obligation bonds, to “relieve congestion, improve the movement of goods, improve air quality, and enhance the safety and security of the transportation system.”

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Tuscon’s Inland “Port” Received International Freight

Nearly a decade ago, a privately owned inland “port,” working with Union Pacific Railway, began shipping and receiving domestic freight.

In late May, this same port received a shipment from Asia, marking the ports entry into the world of international shipping.

Relying on rail, such a system bypasses the need to ship the containers from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach by truck, and bypassing California’s CARB diesel regulations.

CARB Cracking Down on Port Freight Loophole

timthumb  The California Air Resources Board is going to crack down on so-called “dray-off” activities. A dray-off is when a port-regulations-compliant truck transfers its load to a non-compliant truck.

Drayage trucks, trucks that are carrying intermodal freight from ports or rail yards, have been subject to more stringent, and earlier enforced regulation than other freight trucks.

It became common for compliant trucks to move in and out of ports and rail yards and transfer their freight to non-compliant trucks outside of the ports.

Amendments to the Drayage Truck Regulations made the transfer of drayage from compliant to non-compliant trucks illegal within the borders of the state of California.

   While these amendments have been in place for some time, reporting of dray-offs relied mostly on informants calling CARB. In 2012, CARB performed more than 3600 inspections on trucks suspected of dray-offs, which resulted in 261 citations.