Ben Margot/AP file photoDozens of truck drivers and their supporters picketed outside an Oakland port terminal on Wednesday over what they said was an impending deadline to make expensive upgrades to their trucks and long wait times to pick up loads.

Ben Margot/AP file photoDozens of truck drivers and their supporters picketed outside an Oakland port terminal on Wednesday over what they said was an impending deadline to make expensive upgrades to their trucks and long wait times to pick up loads.

Truckers protest outside Port of Oakland

Dozens of truck drivers and their supporters picketed outside an Oakland port terminal on Wednesday over what they said was an impending deadline to make expensive upgrades to their trucks and long wait times to pick up loads.

Oakland police kept the protesters away from the entrance to the terminal, and port officials said operations were not disrupted.

The protest was organized by a group of San Francisco Bay Area truckers, who demanded funding to offset the costs of truck upgrades that they said were required beginning in January to meet clean-air standards set by the state.

They also wanted a congestion fee for waits greater than two hours.

“Shorter lines and more efficient terminals mean better working conditions for all the truckers at the port,” trucker Roberto Ruiz said in a statement from the Port of Oakland Truckers Association.

Port spokesman Robert Bernardo said the port does not control the drivers' wages, but has asked trucking companies and terminal operators to address their concerns in light of the higher costs they are facing to meet the air standards.

“We empathize with truckers who serve the Port of Oakland,” he said. “These are tough times for all maritime stake holders.”

But Bernardo said the port supports the standards being enforced by the California Air Resources Board, which he said have already reduced diesel particulate pollution significantly.

Bay Area NewsPort of OaklandStrikeTruckers

Just Posted

A collaborative workspace for a decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) in Coordinape is pictured at a recent blockchain meet up at Atlas Cafe. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
Business without bosses: San Francisco innovators battle bureaucracy with blockchain

‘The next generation will work for three DAOs at the same time’

Plan Bay Area 2050 is an expansive plan guiding the region’s growth and development over the next three decades. The regional plan addresses progressive policy priorities like a universal basic income and a region-wide rent cap, alongside massive new spending on affordable housing and transportation infrastructure. (Shutterstock)
Plan Bay Area 2050: Analyzing an extensive regional plan that covers the next 30 years

Here are the big ticket proposals in the $1.4 trillion proposal

Pregnant women are in the high-risk category currently prioritized for booster shots in San Francisco. (Unai Huizi/Shutterstock)
What pregnant women need to know about COVID and booster shots

Inoculations for immunosuppressed individuals are recommended in the second trimester

Examiner reporter Ben Schneider drives an Arcimoto Fun Utility Vehicle along Beach Street in Fisherman’s Wharf on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Could San Francisco’s tiny tourist cruisers become the cars of the future?

‘Fun Utility Vehicles’ have arrived in The City

Most Read