Farewell old trucks.
The Port of Long Beach, which has been promoting free market solutions to address air pollution concerns for some time, began banning an older group of trucks not originally included in the port's Clean Trucks Program. Since it began in 2008, the award-winning Clean Trucks Program has decreased drayage truck related pollution by 80 percent, two years ahead of schedule. Significantly, this was done without union coercion or their would-be organizers. About 500 "Class 7" trucks will be barred from working at the port. Beginning in 2008, the Clean Trucks Program has required the trucking industry to switch to newer, low-emission Class 8, heavy-duty trucks for shipping containers in and out of the port complex. Today, more than 10,000 clean trucks, meeting stringent 2007 federal emission standards, service the port accounting for 93 percent of the container traffic