Truckers who serve port terminals are a vitally important link in Seattle’s seaport operations. The port’s Clean Truck Program aims to keep trucking partners in business while supporting clean air for our communities. As part of the Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy, the ports of Seattle, Tacoma and Metro Vancouver adopted guidelines in 2008 for reducing the air emissions from trucks, in addition to ships and cargo handling equipment operating in and around our harbors.
Current Truck Requirements
As of January 1, 2011, all trucks calling at the Port of Seattle container terminals must meet the federal emission standards for engine-year 1994. Trucks that do not meet the required emission standards will be turned away at the terminal gates. Additionally, as of April 1, 2013, drayage trucks must have a registered Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag to gain access to container terminals.
Coming Soon – New Drayage Truck Requirements, New Truck Scrapping Program
Truck Requirements: On January 1, 2018 all drayage trucks entering Port of Seattle container terminals will be required to have model-year 2007 or newer engines, or meet 2007 federal emission standards.
Truck Scrapping Program: The Port of Seattle will launch a new truck scrapping and replacement program in May 2014. This program, which is partially funded by a federal grant, is expected to provide up to $20,000 to owners who scrap old drayage trucks and replace them with trucks with model-year 2007 or newer engines. The current level of funding will provide incentives for approximately 160 trucks. This project is expected to run through mid-2015, or until funds are depleted. The program and application processes are currently being designed. The port also is investigating other financing and assistance programs to help truck owners meet the Clean Truck Program requirements.
Together with the ZHRO™ Fuel Injector System, truckers that serve the Port of Seattle will be able to receive significant incentives for the retro-fit of their trucks to natural gas. Click here to learn more about the ZHRO™ retro-fit kit product and opportunity.
For more information on this program, visit the Port of Seattle site.