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Clean Truck Program

For Truck Owners, Operators, and/or Drivers Accessing the Port of San Diego




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For Truck Owners, Operators, and/or Drivers Accessing the Port of San Diego

All heavy-duty trucks accessing the Port of San Diego maritime terminals to pick up or drop off cargo must comply with clean air requirements under the State of California’s Drayage Truck Regulation. Drayage trucks are diesel-fueled heavy-duty vehicles that visit California’s ports and rail yards to load, unload or transport cargo, such as containerized, bulk or break-bulk goods. The regulation is a state law that is administered by the California Air Resources Board. The regulation requires that marine terminals and ports track and report all trucks that do not comply with air pollution reduction rules when visiting their facilities.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Port of San Diego’s drayage truck policy?

The Port of San Diego prohibits all non-compliant trucks from accessing its cargo facilities.

What is the purpose of this regulation and the Port’s compliant trucks policy?

The Drayage Truck Regulation is part of the California Air Resources Board’s ongoing efforts to reduce air pollution from diesel-fueled engines and to improve air quality associated with the movement of goods.

In order to protect air quality for its workers and nearby communities, the Port of San Diego has elected to go beyond the minimum requirements of the regulation.

What if this is my first visit to the Port of San Diego?

All trucks that do business in California, even if it is just once or twice a year, need to be registered and compliant with the regulation.

Starting January 1, 2012, all drayage trucks (diesel-fueled heavy-duty trucks that visit California’s ports and rail yards to load, unload or transport cargo) will be required to be compliant with the state regulation to access the Port’s marine terminals: Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal in San Diego and National City Marine Terminal in National City.

Are there exemptions?

The California Air Resources Board has exempted certain types of trucks. Please read the exemption information on its website to determine if your truck is exempt. If so, you can show proof of this at the terminal gate and will be allowed normal access.

The regulation does not apply to certain types of vehicles including emergency vehicles, military tactical support vehicles and dedicated use vehicles, such as dump trucks.

What’s the best way to get to the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal?

Please use the truck route along Harbor Drive, with access to I-5 from 28th Street

  • Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal Truck Route Map
  • Trucks over five tons are prohibited from most streets in the Barrio Logan community.
    Do not use Cesar Chavez Parkway EAST of Harbor Drive.
    Turn RIGHT on Harbor Drive and LEFT on 28th Street to access Interstate 5.

The San Diego Police Department enforces a ban of truckers using Cesar Chavez Parkway to access the I-5 freeway

What if I have more questions about the regulation or truck registration?

Please contact the California Air Resources Board directly with questions about truck registration, compliance requirements, exemptions or other concerns. Call the Drayage Truck Hotline at (888) 247-4821.

If you have questions about truck access to the Port of San Diego marine terminals, please call during office hours at (619) 686-8111.

If you would like to review the Port’s truck requirements, please review the “Tariff Guidelines.” The Clean Truck Program requirements are listed at item 0385 “I”, beginning on page 31.

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