The problems facing the trucking industry, namely the threat of metropolitan gridlock and the environmental concern for clean air, are discussed. The size and visibility of trucks have made them a focus for regulatory agency attempts to limit truck use. A proposal by the City of Los Angeles to radically limit the use of streets and freeways by trucks during morning and evening rush hours is discussed. The California legislature, although it prohibited the city from imposing fees, did not invalidate authority of a city to limit truck travel during rush hours. It is pointed out that 375 miles of the Los Angeles freeway system was built in the 1960s, but only 100 miles were added during the 70s, and some improvement projects in the 80s. Meanwhile, population in the area grew by 40%. A long term plan with a 18.5 billion program to update the state's transportation during the 1990s has been proposed. Even with roadway improvements, the trucking industry faces potential restrictions on highway access generated by environmental considerations. A major 20-year program to promote clean air in the Los Angeles basin has been approved. It targets activities such as the use of oil-based paints, drive-in windows at fast-food restaurants, and replacing diesel with alternative cleaner fuel.

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  • Accession Number: 00488946
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 31 1989 12:00AM