California Senator Still Wants Port Fees

May 14, 2008
State Senator Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) told the National Industrial Transportation League (NITL) he is committed to legislation to assess new container fees on cargo moving through California ports.

NITL reported that in conversations with Lowenthal he said he is solicitingamendments from fellow legislators and the governor. He has added a provision that specific projects to be financed by the fees would be added to the proposal.

Lowenthal did not offer a time frame for when he would advance the bill. Industry sources told NITL the potential for legal action contesting port fees and an approved ban on owner-operators could be determining factors in that timing.

In other news, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) announced Los Angeles is eligible for more than $213 million in Congestion Reduction grants. The state could use the grants to convert some high-occupancy-vehicle lanes (HOV) in to toll lanes. Electronic tolling technology could be used to charge drivers for access to the less-congested HOV lanes. Fees could be adjusted based on traffic levels.

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California Container Tax Defeated (9/7/2007)

$60 Container Tax Added At California Ports (9/12/2006)

California Bill Would Tax Containers (9/6/2006)

Truckers Join to Oppose LA/Long Beach Air Plan (8/10/2007)

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