The province of Shandong in eastern China will ban, as of October 1st, the use of diesel trucks for the transport of coal from ports along the Bohai Sea, the country’s state-owned news service Xinhua has reported.
The ban is intended to help with the reduction of local air pollution levels, reportedly, as revealed in a statement from the Shandong Province Department of Transportation.
The way that the ban will reportedly work is that companies that operate ports on the Bohai Sea won’t be granted contract renewals that utilize diesel-powered trucks for transport.
Reuters provides more:
“Major Chinese ports in Shandong including Qingdao, Yantai and Rizhao will be included under the ban. The port authorities will give port companies two months to make the shift away from diesel trucks, said Xinhua. However, during this period, port companies cannot load or unload coal and coal ships will not be allowed to enter the ports.”
“Diesel-fueled trucks will also be banned from entering and exiting port regions. The Chinese government has fought to reduce air pollution to meet 2017 political targets by reducing emissions from diesel trucks and increasing the use of rail transportation.”
This news follows on reports earlier this year that the port of Tianjin would ban the use of diesel trucks for coal transport there.
We can probably expect to see more of the same over the coming years, as China continues trying to get its massive air pollution problems under control.
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