Supreme Court to Hear ATA vs. POLA Clean-Trucks Program

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the American Trucking Association’s (ATA) challenge to the concession requirements within the Port of Los Angeles (POLA) clean-trucks program. The clean-trucks program was implemented five years ago, with the intention of curbing truck emissions at the nation’s busiest port.

The case of American Trucking Associations vs. City of Los Angeles will determine the constitutionality of certain provisions within the Clean Truck Program. ATA contends that the local clean truck regulations run contrary to a federal law that deregulates motor carriers. Los Angeles regulations have passed through local courts, while the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed those verdicts except for a provision restricting independent contractors. The provision stipulated that drivers must be employees of the companies they haul goods for and not independent operators, which until that point, the vast majority of truckers were. The other provisions survived including an off-street parking provision, financial capability requirement, maintenance provision and placard requirement.

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