The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey plans to revise its clean-air plan by lifting a truck-replacement deadline that would have banned more than 6,000 drayage trucks from container terminals next Jan. 1.
Without the proposed changes, trucks with engines from the 2007 or older model years would have been prohibited from entering terminals next year. About 6,100 trucks, or 70 percent of the total serving the port, fall into that category.
Motor carriers had warned that the deadline was impossible to meet and that unless changed would have crippled the East Coast’s largest port, where 85 percent of containers move by truck.
The port authority’s revised plan would:
- Prohibit trucks with 1994 or 1995 model engines from entering port terminals after Jan. 1, 2018. Trucks with 1993 or older engines already have been phased out.
- Add $1.2 million in port funds to $9 million in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency funds to provide grants of up to $25,000 per truck to support replacement of the port’s 420 trucks that have 1994- or 1995-model engines.
- Prohibit additional trucks with pre-2007 engines from joining the port’s truck registry after March of this year. This is designed to allow attrition to reduce the number of older, higher-polluting trucks.
- Create an incentive program to encourage replacement the remaining pre-2007 trucks with newer, less-polluting engines. The port authority will seek additional grants and work with lenders to help truckers secure low-interest loans for replacement of 1996-2006 model engines.