By Charlie Morasch
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is accepting applications for its distribution of $1.13 million in grant money aimed at cutting idling emissions. The funds will be used to reimburse truck owners for a portion of expenses tied to the purchase, installation and monitoring of their APU use.
To request an application, you can call OOIDA’s Equipment Finance Department – 800-444-5791 – or you can go to ooida.com to download one.
Applications should be mailed to:
OOIDA Equipment Finance Department
1 NW OOIDA Drive
Grain Valley, MO, 64029
OOIDA’s APU program received money through the federal government’s $50 million Diesel Emission Reduction Program.
OOIDA reimburses 40 percent of the cost of APU purchases through the OOIDA Equipment Finance Department. Truck owners will be required to submit data from their truck’s engine control module to show emissions data and to document emissions reduction.
“It’s not simply free money,” said Tom Weakley, director of operations for the OOIDA Foundation.
EPA officials have said they hope that the 2007 and 2010 diesel engine emissions standards, combined with the $50 million grant program to reduce emissions from trucks already on the road, will “significantly reduce emissions.”
“We are well aware of the many health problems facing truckers today that may indeed be exacerbated by exposure to high doses of diesel exhaust,” Weakley told Land Line. “This grant will help us to help the small-business owners lower their exposure and meet the growing number of anti-idling regulations. The cost for APUs has remained high.
“During these difficult times, any and all help is welcome that will help the small businessman protect both his health and pocketbook.” LL