来源：American Shipper 2018-05-04
翻译：国际海事信息网 姜文杰 王雅媛 张运鸿
Drayage driver groups support PierPass changes
While a proposal by a dozen marine terminals operating in the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach to modify the PierPass OffPeak system has been criticized by several shipper groups, two organizations that represent drayage truck drivers, as well as the Port of Los Angeles itself, say they are “generally supportive” of it.
Currently, a traffic mitigation fee (TMF) is imposed on shippers for containers that are picked up and delivered at the terminals during the day. That fee has encouraged shippers to do container transactions at night and on Saturdays, while providing funds to the terminals to offset the cost of operating for longer hours. By shifting about half of the truck traffic at the nation’s two busiest ports to off-peak hours, the PierPass program has reduced traffic congestion and air pollution.
But with shippers critical of the growing amount of the fee and trucks gathering outside terminals around the time the TMF is waived, the terminals are planning to modify the PierPass program. Under what some are calling “PierPass 2.0,” the TMF would be about halved but charged around the clock. Pickups and deliveries of containers would continue to be spread out by requiring truckers to have an appointment to enter the container terminals.
In a joint letter, the Harbor Trucking Association (HTA) and the California Trucking Association’s Intermodal Conference (CTA), said, “We see the efforts to smooth out truck traffic between day and night shifts, the reapplication of the TMF to all cargo at a lower price and the emphasis on appointments to ensure smooth operations at the ports’ container terminals generally constructive.”