OOIDA accepts applications for APU reimbursement program

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line staff writer | 11/21/2008

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.

Click here for an application.

Applications should be mailed to:
OOIDA Equipment Finance Department
1 NW OOIDA Drive
Grain Valley MO 64029

OOIDA will have a drawing on Dec. 5 to determine which eligible applications will obtain the first funding, and plans to hold two additional drawings later.

In September, the Environmental Protection Agency announced the first $3.4 million in funding for clean diesel projects under the $50 million Diesel Emission Reduction Program. To read the EPA’s press release on the program, click here.

The funding to be administered by OOIDA will be used to reimburse 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 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.”

In September, EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson estimated the EPA’s clean diesel funding would “help truckers save over $72 million in fuel costs per year and lower their environmental impacts.”

Other groups receiving grant money are Community Development Transportation Lending Services of Washington, DC, and Cascade Sierra Solutions of Oregon.

“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 said in September. “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.”

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer

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