Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, CA — Case Study
In 2009, the Clean Truck Program was implemented in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, California, as a central element of the Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP), which targeted major sources of air emissions in and around the ports, including ships, trains, trucks, cargo handling equipment, and harbor craft.
Advent’s success with the PierPASS/OffPeak program led the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to engage Advent to help implement their Clean Truck Program. Advent outfitted over 20,000 trucks with RFID tags in order to track their movement in and out of the Ports, as well as to help assess and collect containerized freight fees that would ultimately help fund a fleet of new, clean-burning harbor trucks. Newer model year trucks were exempt from the fee, which encouraged owners to upgrade their vehicles to newer, cleaner models.
The Ports’ customer service center and the Advent tracking solution (Port Check) had to account for a vast new array of implementation issues. By pairing live data feeds with gate transaction information, Port Check was able to monitor the movements of all trucks and apply correct charges to each one based on the condition of the truck’s engine and emissions equipment. As the correct charge was applied to each truck, the Clean Truck Fee was processed and invoiced to the responsible party.
The Clean Truck Program was first rolled out in February of 2009. In its first year, the program reduced the rate of port truck emissions by an estimated 70%. When the program was fully implemented in 2012, port truck emissions were reduced by more than 80%, when the program permanently banned the last remaining older, more polluting trucks from Port terminals. Today, virtually all of the drayage trucks servicing the Port terminals are 2007 or newer models.