Since December 1, 2007, PierPASS Inc. and the marine container terminals at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have required trucks to be equipped with TruckTags in order to gain access to the terminals.
Trucks without TruckTags are processed through exception handling, which may include being denied access or processing via a trouble ticket. Trucking companies that have already received tags should install the tags on their trucks now and register the tag numbers in the eModal TruckerCheck program, which will activate the truck in the system.
The TruckTag program is a proactive effort by marine terminal operators in Los Angeles and Long Beach to meet U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Coast Guard guidelines requiring marine terminals to enhance their security measures. TruckTag uses RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology to meet these heightened security requirements without hindering the efficient flow of cargo through the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports.
Similar to E-ZPass and FasTrak automated systems, RFID tags installed on the truck’s driver-side rearview mirror are automatically read at marine terminal gate entrances using specialized scanning antennas that validate the security clearance of the truck. As part of the system, the truck driver’s commercial driver’s license is checked to verify they are authorized by their truck company to enter the port facility on their behalf. The RFID tags are also used to validate the truck’s status in the Drayage Truck Registry (DTR) and to comply with port truck requirements.
Prior to implementation of the TruckTag program, all marine terminal gate traffic was subject to a manual check-in process by marine terminal security guard personnel, often leading to less-than-optimal security measures and extended waiting times.
TruckTags can be purchased on eModal, www.emodal.com. RFID tags can be mailed or picked up at the truck center at 1265 Harbor Ave. in Long Beach. Tags are only available to trucks registered in eModal’s TruckerCheck program.
Trucking companies are responsible for distributing the RFID tags to their registered truck drivers. Installation instructions are available in English and Spanish.