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January deadline looms at Port of Oakland to upgrade trucks or install filters

by Chris Richard, The California Report | Take Two

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A truck drives off with a shipping container at the Port of Oakland July 1, 2004 in Oakland, California. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Truckers in the Port of Oakland grabbed headlines last week when they demanded an extension — and extra funding — to a January 1st deadline. That's when they're supposed to upgrade their engines to meet California pollution standards.

Meanwhile, general freight and construction truck drivers face a separate deadline in January to start replacing their vehicles or install filters that can cost as much as a truck. That rule applies to most of the big rigs on the state's roads, but it's an especially heavy burden for small operators.

The California Report's Chris Richard has more.  

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