Starting Jan. 1, 2019, the Northwest Seaport Alliance’s Clean Truck Program takes effect, meaning all trucks serving international container terminals at the Ports of Tacoma and Seattle must have engines built in 2007 or later.
According to the NWSA, an operating partnership between the Port of Tacoma and the Port of Seattle, the Clean Truck Program requirements will reduce diesel particulate matter emissions by up to 90 percent per truck.
Drivers who don’t meet the new requirement will need to display an orange Temporary Access Pass sticker. For those who need financing to bring their trucks into compliance, the NWSA has partnered with nonprofit lenders that offer loans backed by the agency’s Clean Truck Fund.
The Clean Truck Program is one of many strategies being undertaken by the ports to decrease emissions and improve air quality. In 2008, the Ports of Seattle, Tacoma, and Vancouver, B.C. all adopted the Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy. And in the past decade, the NWSA reports that over $15 million has been invested in the cause and more than 410 have been trucks replaced.
Also starting Jan. 1, all trucks entering international terminals in both the Ports of Tacoma and Seattle will be required to have an RFID (radio frequency identification) tag.