SPECIAL REPORT: $300 million for DERA, truckers remain in stimulus

| 2/13/2009

Friday, Feb. 13, 2009 – The ever-changing economic stimulus package appears to be going to President Obama’s desk with $300 million aimed at helping small-business truckers obtain diesel emissions reduction equipment.

The latest version of the stimulus package being hammered out at the House and Senate Conference level includes $300 million for the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act – a vehicle for federal and state programs that help trucking companies obtain grants and reimbursements for idle-reduction technologies such as APUs.

The stimulus plan reportedly could be approved as soon as this weekend before making its way to the White House.

OOIDA is part of a broad coalition of organizations that asked Congress for DERA funding for truckers.

Mike Joyce, OOIDA director of legislative affairs in Washington, DC, recently told Land Line that diesel emissions-reduction funding could help many small-business trucking companies.

“This DERA program is something that helps truckers as far as being able to use some of these resources to add an APU to their truck,” Joyce said in early February “and it helps the environment at the same time.”

The DERA program was started years ago, although little money has been appropriated for the program.

Congress appropriated $50 million for the program this past year, which the EPA used to fund emissions-reduction programs, including $1.13 million being administered by OOIDA for its 40 percent reimbursement program toward the cost of APU purchase and installment.

For more information on OOIDA’s APU reimbursement program, click here.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer