UPDATE: San Francisco airport officials and industry leaders agree to allow time to look at sustainability options and review the future evolution of viable green luxury vehicles.
SAN FRANCISCO — The heat is off California operators at least until 2016 for meeting strict green vehicle standards at the San Francisco International Airport.
After a swell of industry concern during the last few months, chauffeured transportation operators won’t need to immediately comply with an airport rule on the books that requires all ground transportation vehicles accessing the airport to be alternative fueled by Jan. 1, 2012. Operators of non-compliant vehicles would have had to pay triple airport access fees.
The rule set off a brief furor among members of the GREATER CALIFORNIA LIVERY ASSOCIATION which rallied operators in May to urge support in seeking ways to modify those rules. On June 30, leaders from the GCLA and the NLA met with airport officials at SFO to eventually develop a plan that helps the airport meet its carbon emissions reduction goals while preserving client access to luxury transportation vehicles.
In the meantime, the airport and the industry will see how green luxury vehicles evolve in coming years, since none of the green livery vehicles available now would meet the green requirements.
BACKGROUND ON SFO GREEN RULES HERE
Source: Martin Romjue, LCT Magazine