Skip to comments.New Friday deadline looming for Port of Oakland truckers (CARB Thugocracy to determine who works)
Posted on 02/02/2010 10:26:17 AM PST by NormsRevenge
Port of Oakland truckers are facing another deadline: They have until Friday to line up financing to pay for diesel filters or new trucks to comply with the state's strict air quality rules that went into effect Jan. 1.
Drivers who are not able to purchase the new equipment will not be able to haul cargo at the Port after Feb. 15, but organizations who are offering low-cost loans to pay for the filters say they have received fewer applications than they expected.
About 1,300 drivers who haul cargo for the Port were denied grant funding for filters and trucks last year when a $22 million fund ran out. Drivers who could not afford to pay for their own equipment were facing unemployment until the state Air Resources Board announced over the New Year's holiday that it had found $11 million to help the rejected grantees buy new trucks or filters.
According to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, which is administering the grants for the filter retrofit programs, 742 truckers qualified for $5,000 filter grants and 44 truckers qualified for $50,000 new truck grants, said Lisa Fasano, the district spokeswoman.
Cascade Sierra Solutions, a nonprofit helping truckers whose income and credit ratings do not qualify for conventional loans, has taken in 255 applications so far. Some of the applications have been submitted by drivers who are eligible for $5,000 grants that will be used to help pay for new filters, which average $16,000, but some of applicants are not receiving any grant moneys, said Sharon Banks, executive director of CSS.
It's possible that some drivers who thought they would be out of work on Jan. 1 decided to find a different line of work, or perhaps they secured loans or leases through other companies.
(Excerpt) Read more at insidebayarea.com ...
A Non-Governmental Org. of course.
Is this anyway to run an economy?
We're used to it here in California.
The DPFs run from $12,000 $20,000 each.
It takes easily 2 months to get them from the date they are ordered.
No one keeps them in stock due to the price.
The drivers who dont have them already installed, will not go to work
Or they left for a state with a more sane government............
Rest In Peace, old friend, your work is finished.....
If you want ON or OFF the DIESEL KnOcK LIST just FReepmail me.....
This is a fairly HIGH VOLUME ping list on some days.....
Seems like an opportunity for filter-fitted trucks to just pick up a load, drive out of the port area, pass the trailer to another (non-filter) truck in their fleet, and go back in for another load.
That’s why I always thought these “grant” programs with such piddling little amounts would not result in anything but a little salve on what amounts to an amputation.
“44 truckers qualified for $50,000 new truck grants”
What’s the criteria for a FREE truck?
“Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums and his staff have been working to try and obtain federal grant funds to help the truckers, including a possible grant from the Department of Labor.”
Believe me, nothing is free. The state will give you a grant that
covers 25-40% of the cost of the equipment they want you to
upgrade to. The 5 years of reporting and paperwork requirements
that are required when you receive the grant is amazing.
Basically they give you 50K towards a 100K+ truck. then you let them
know what youve done with the truck annually for the next 5 years.
They also have a limit on were you can drive the truck.
The Long Beach grants states, you cant drive beyond a 100 mile
radius from the Long Beach Harbor.
Insane. I expect shortages and death to California businesses.
That is PRECISELY how modern totalitarian systems operate.
No need for a machinegun toting agent or soldier on every street corner.
No food coupon? NO FOOD!
No work permit? NO JOB!
UPDATE: NO EXPENSIVE CARBON EMISSIONS ABATEMENT EQUIPMENT, NO WORK!! (WATCH THIS SPACE FOR NEW MANDATES.)
No residency permit? LIVE UNDER A BRIDGE (for as long as you can)!
No travel permit? NO TRAVEL!
And the penalties for those who aid one of the “disenfranchized” are typically as severe as they are for the “non-citizen.”
Must have examples, you know!
Oh... that's right... nearly every damn thing you use or buy was brought to you in a truck!
A whole world of hurt will descend upon this nation if Truckers decide to walk away!
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.