The port plans to ban current trucks with 1994-95 engines by 2018 and require new trucks serving port to have 2007 engines or better starting in March.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is stepping up efforts to ban older trucks from doing business at its terminals.
The agency is proposing a change in its tariff that would do two things: deny access to trucks with model year 1994 and 1995 engines effective Jan. 1, 2018, and require that effective March 1, 2016, new trucks seeking to serve the port terminals be equipped with a 2007 or newer model year engine.
“Our goal is to balance the need to efficiently and effectively move goods to and from our port terminals, while continuing to be good environmental stewards to the communities that surround our port facilities,” said Port Authority Port Commerce Director Molly Campbell. “We believe our plan achieves this balance and will ensure that we continue to systematically address this issue for all stakeholders.
The agency says it will commit $1.2 million to supplement the $9 million it expects to receive in federal grant funding to assist truckers operating the oldest trucks serving the Port of New York and New Jersey to buy newer, more environmentally friendly vehicles.
The agency has a goal of replacing approximately 400 model year 1994 and 1995 trucks that call the port with the $10.2 million in grants it will distribute.