Truckers who serve port terminals are a vitally important link in Seattle’s seaport operations. The port’s Clean Truck Program aims to keep trucking partners in business while supporting clean air for our communities. As part of the Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy, the ports of Seattle, Tacoma and Metro Vancouver adopted guidelines in 2008 for reducing the air emissions from trucks, in addition to ships and cargo handling equipment operating in and around our harbors.
Truck Model-Year Requirements
Currently, all trucks calling at the Port of Seattle container terminals must meet the federal emission standards for engine-year 1994. Trucks that do not meet the required emission standards will be turned away at the terminal gates. Additionally, as of April 1, 2013, drayage trucks must have a registered Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag to gain access to container terminals.
On January 1, 2018 all drayage trucks entering Port of Seattle container terminals will be required to have model-year 2007 or newer engines, or meet 2007 federal emission standards.
New Drayage Truck Scrapping and Replacement Program
The Port of Seattle launched a new truck scrapping and replacement program in May 2014. This program, which is partially funded by federal and state grants, will provide $20,000 to owners who scrap old drayage trucks and replace them with trucks with model-year 2007 or newer engines. This project is expected to run through mid-2015, or until funds are depleted. The program is being carried out by the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency in partnership with the Port of Seattle. The port also is investigating other financing and assistance programs to help truck owners meet the Clean Truck Program requirements.
The program currently has funding for 180 truck replacement incentives. Until September 30, 2014, 60 of the 180 incentives will be reserved for low-income owner/operators or small businesses that are certified with the State of Washington or King County, or registered with the Port. After that date, any remaining incentives will be made available. Download program brochure
As of July 14, the ScRAPS 2 office had received 200 applications, 50 of which have been denied or withdrawn. About 120 applicants have been issued pre-approval letters, and 30 applications were pending review. The first truck was scrapped on July 18.There is no waiting list to apply for the $20,000 incentive. A new EPA grant will be available soon to provide incentives for 40 additional trucks. A waiting list has been created for that program, and there were 33 on that list as of July 14.
Applicants are given two weeks from the date of application to provide all documents and have their truck inspected by the ScRAPS 2 staff. Once an applicant has submitted all documentation, it will take up to one week for the ScRAPS 2 Office to complete its review and issue a pre-approval letter to the qualifying applicant.
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ScRAPS 2 Office at Terminal 5
3520 26th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98106
Hours of Operation:
Monday & Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday & Friday: 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.