By Charlie Morasch
Trucking companies and owner-operators headquartered in Wisconsin still have time to apply for reimbursement grants to cover up to half the cost and installation of an APU or other idle-reduction technology.
Officials with the Wisconsin Department of Commerce recently announced they were extending the application deadline for the state’s 2008 Diesel Truck Idling Reduction Grant until Dec. 1.
The program will reimburse motor carriers for up to 50 percent of the cost to purchase, install and field-test idle-reduction technologies.
However, applicants must be approved for the program, purchase and install an APU or other idle-reduction technology, and test it before they’re reimbursed.
To be eligible, motor carriers must be headquartered in Wisconsin, and own and operate a diesel truck with a 1999 or newer engine. The grant program hasn’t been used as much this year for a variety of reasons, said Tom Coogan of the Wisconsin Department of Commerce.
“I think the economy has played into things a little bit,” Coogan said. “What you find is motor fleets may be postponing purchases for another year.”
Owner-operators who are leased to companies are eligible if they live in Wisconsin, Coogan said.
“Twenty-five percent of the funds go to small businesses,” Coogan told Land Line.