The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said its PortTruckPass program to identify drayage trucks will "go live" later this month, the start-up date having been postponed from July 15.
Starting Aug. 19, trucks seeking entrance to the secure area of a marine terminal in the Port of New York and New Jersey, must be registered in the port's drayage truck registry (DTR) and authorized to conduct business at port authority terminals. Drayage trucks going to container terminals have to be equipped with an engine of model year 1993 or later and in 2017, trucks will have to have engines that comply with standards for 2007 or later. The requirements are outlined in the Port Authority Marine Terminals Tariff (FMC No. 10)
The bi-state agency said close to 16,000 trucks are registered in the drayage truck registry and have been issued RFID tags.
Steve Coleman, a spokesman for the port authority, said "during the initial implementation phase, the RFID system will have a neutral effect on congestion. Over time, the RFID technology could be leveraged to optimize terminal efficiency and productivity at the discretion of the terminal operators."
He said, according to the terminal operators tariffs, all trucks will need an RFID tag to enter the terminals. They will be able to obtain a tag through the port authority's SeaLink office; where truckers already obtain and register driver credentials such as SeaLink and TWIC. - Chris Dupin