The Port of Seattle recently announced the successful implementation of its Drayage Truck Registry, a program designed to ensure only clean trucks will access port terminals. Drayage truck drivers have until Dec. 31 to register their trucks, which are required to have a 1994 or newer engine. The port estimates that about 1,500 trucks are in its drayage fleet.
The online registry, available to trucking companies and owner-operators, requires the truck’s VIN, license plate, make/model and contact information. If compliant, the driver or company is issued a “Green Gateway” sticker identifying their vehicle as being clean and ready to enter a port terminal, where security will be enforcing the sticker requirements beginning Jan. 1, 2011.
A dedicated hotline, 206-787-6888, has been established to help any truckers with the registration process, or to help them find alternate means of registration if they need further assistance.
The Port of Seattle, with the Port of Tacoma and Port Metro Vancouver, adopted the NW Ports Clean Air Strategy in 2008 that provides guidelines for reducing the environmental impact of the ships, railroads, trucks and other cargo-handling equipment that operate in and around the harbors. As part of the overall strategy, the Clean Truck Program outlines specific goals and timelines for drayage trucks serving the Port of Seattle.