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Port of Los Angeles Incentivizes ‘Clean’ Trucks with Express Lane Access

‘Clean’ trucks at Port of Los Angeles benefit from dedicated express lane, enhancing efficiency and reducing emissions.

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The Port of Los Angeles is introducing a new incentive for trucks powered by electric batteries, natural gas, and other zero-emission technologies. Starting December, vehicles registered in the Port’s “Clean Truck Program” have gained access to a dedicated express lane at the Pier 400 Los Angeles terminal. This initiative is a part of a broader effort to promote eco-friendly transportation solutions and improve operational efficiency at one of the busiest ports in the United States.

Managed by terminal operator APM Terminals, which operates 64 maritime terminals globally, the express lane is designed to grant faster gate-in times for qualifying trucks. This not only minimizes energy consumption but also contributes to lower emissions, aligning with APM Terminals’ goal of achieving net-zero carbon levels by 2040.

As of now, approximately 1,200 trucks are registered in the Clean Truck Program in Los Angeles. However, this number is expected to double by the end of 2024. This surge is anticipated due to upcoming regulations that will bar diesel trucks from registering in the California Air Resources Board (CARB) system. These regulations are in line with California’s target to have 100% zero-emission drayage trucks by 2035.

This move by the Port of Los Angeles not only incentivizes the adoption of cleaner transportation technologies but also demonstrates a commitment to environmental sustainability. It highlights the growing trend of integrating green practices in the logistics and transportation industry, particularly in areas with high volumes of traffic and potential environmental impact. With such initiatives, the Port of Los Angeles is setting a precedent for ports worldwide to adopt similar measures in the fight against climate change.