OAKLAND (KCBS) — For the second time this week, independent truckers held a protest Friday at the Port of Oakland for better pay, and for financial help in complying with new emissions standards they say could drive them away from home.
Friday’s protest did not see any arrests or citations like the previous demonstration on Wednesday, where at least six people were allegedly cited for obstructing port activities according to Oakland Police Department.
With the new rules on emission standards, trucks must have engines made no earlier than 2007 to reduce pollution in West Oakland. The upgrade could cost up to $80,000 per truck.
Damian Breen of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District said there are restricted grants available.
“If they want to upgrade the current equipment that they have, there’s also loans available for them to upgrade their trucks to model year 2010 engines and then continue in over-the-road service,” Breen said.
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