Hundreds of Truckers Protest Pollution Laws by Causing Gridlock... and More Pollution
Two to three hundred truckers are currently making their way up the 710 Freeway towards city hall in protest of "new environmental fees at the ports that they say threaten their livelihoods," according to the LA Times [Update: they have arrived to downtown]. Specially, they are protesting container fees for the Clean Truck Program, which has been law for over a year.
The fees are supposed to be paid by the cargo owner, according to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's office. The program also banned over 10% of the worst-offending dirty diesel trucks, making way for newer and greener ones.
Expect more traffic as the trucks head back to the Port via southbound 710.