The battle over whether the Port of Los Angeles can regulate trucks that haul goods in and out of its property is heading to court.
Opening statements are scheduled to begin Tuesday in a federal lawsuit pitting the trucking industry against the port over a portion of the Clean Truck Program. It was launched in October 2008 to reduce diesel emissions by banning the dirtiest trucks from carrying port cargo.
The American Trucking Association says it supports clean air goals, but it opposes a rule that prohibits truck companies from contracting with independent drivers. Critics say the rule is a veiled attempt to organize labor at the port.
Supporters say the rule is needed to sustain the costly program.
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