California grant program opens for San Pedro Bay Port drivers

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line staff writer | 7/17/2009

California trucking companies that make 150 port visits per year are eligible for a new grant program to replace pre-2004 model year diesel trucks.

The bad news: Applications are due in a week.

In mid-July, the South Coast Air Quality Management District announced it would accept grant applications from owner-operators and licensed motor carriers to replace “pre-model year 2004 Class 8” diesel trucks with new trucks that meet 2007 emissions standards.

The announcement left barely more than a week for applicants to apply.

“All grant applications are due to AQMD by 1 p.m. on Friday, July 24,” an e-mail from the district read.

To be eligible, applicants must:
Have a diesel truck with model year 2003 or older engine engaged in goods movement.
Commit to operate the new truck for at least 150 visits per year to the Sand Pedro Bay Port.
Demonstrate operation in California for the past two years.
Must scrap a 2003 or older truck that is replaced under this grant solicitation.
Must provide proof of DMV registration and title of ownership.
Commit to California-only operation during the five-year contract term.

Port truck owners may apply for $100,000 of assistance toward a truck that meets 2007 EPA standards and uses alternative fuels, or $50,000 toward the purchase of a 2007 emissions-compliant diesel truck.

The grant program is funded through Proposition 1B, the 2006 voter-approved bond aimed at cutting emissions from the goods movement sector.

The replacement trucks may be alternative-fueled, or diesel trucks, the announcement reads.

Applications and more information are available at the San Pedro Port’s Clean Truck Center or online here.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer


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