Clean Truck Program
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?
- How do I know if my truck is compliant?
- What is the purpose of this regulation and the Port's compliant trucks policy?
- What if this is my first visit to the Port of San Diego?
- What are the requirements of the Drayage Truck Regulation?
- Are there exemptions?
- What is the best way to get to the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal?
- What if I have more questions about the regulation or truck registration?
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.
How do I know if my truck is compliant?
Visit the California Air Resources Board compliance search webpage and check your truck’s status.
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.
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.
What are the requirements of the Drayage Truck Regulation?
In order to be compliant, the regulation requires all trucks to 1) register in the California Air Resources Board’s Drayage Truck Registry and 2) meet emissions standards. Please see the California Air Resources Board’s fact sheet to determine if your truck is compliant.
The regulation currently applies to all on-road class 8 (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating greater than 33,000 lbs) diesel-fueled vehicles that visit California’s ports and rail yards regardless of the state or country of origin or number of visits.
During the December 2010 California Air Resources Board hearing, the Board approved the expansion of the regulation’s applicability to include class 7 trucks (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating 26,001 to 33,000 lbs) and drayage trucks operating near port or rail yard properties. These changes became effective on November 9, 2011 with approval by the California Office of Administrative Law. The Office of Administrative Law ensures that agency regulations are clear, necessary, legally valid, and available to the public.
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
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.