Thursday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling rejecting two more concession requirements in the Port of Los Angeles clean-trucks program did not drive a stake into the heart of the port’s attempt to regulate harbor trucking, but it made the task of any port attempting to follow such a strategy more difficult.
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Court Ruling a Hitch in Port Attempts to Regulate Trucking
It makes no difference whether the Teamsters/LA Mayor's employee mandate failed because the Teamsters are determined to continue in their ongoing efforts to put the independent - contractor (owner/operator trucker) out of business by using their coalition of environmentalist groups which they formed just for this reason. Their true backup plan all along has been to make port drivers equipment so expensive that an individual trucker can't afford the clean truck mandated after-market parts installed or to replace their truck with a 2007 or newer unit taking on even more payments. It's interesting that since the turbo was first introduced many years ago technology further improved reaching the point that most fine tuned diesel engines of the past twenty years were already more efficient and relative clean burning machines unless tampered with. Even older mechanical engines when properly maintained and adjusted to factory specs are just as fuel efficient or in many cases more so and are not the smoke belching monsters the Teamsters would have the general public believe with their flawed reports or carefully scripted propaganda. It's sad when any powerful special interest group goes after an individuals freedom and their right to ownership in this country. However in this case it's vicious when this group claims at the very same time to be offering help to the small trucker but the end game is to force that driver out of his/her truck into a company vehicle making it easier to unionize. That's what this clean truck campaign is really about, ridding the ports of the driver/entrepreneur who works hard with pride to enjoy a small piece of ownership even though serious problems still exist with leasing rights running us all out of this business is hardly the answer.
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