Oakland emulates L.A. truck replacement program

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The Port of Oakland, Calif., has selected the company that oversaw a Los Angeles fleet modernization program to implement a similar program. TIAX, a Massachusetts company, won the contract to replace trucks serving the port with lower emission vehicles.

The port will pay to replace about 60 trucks. Qualified truck owners can trade in pre-1987 vehicles in exchange for a maximum of $25,000 toward a truck made in 1999 or after. Truck owners must have operated in the port continuously for the past two years and used their vehicles to haul containers on at least 400 trips in the past year. Some priority is given to truckers who live in the area.

Since 2002, TIAX has replaced 350 trucks in Southern California through the Gateway Cities Clean Air Program.