Florida APU program still has cash for truckers available

| 8/3/2009

Truck owners from Florida can still apply to obtain free money through an APU rebate program designed to help truckers comply with the state’s new idling regulation.

“We’re asking truckers to come and get it,” said Robert Wong, environmental consultant at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. “Funds are still available.”

Owners of Class 8 on-road commercial diesel trucks model year 2006 and older can apply for up to three $1,500 rebates for APUs purchased and installed in 2009 through the Florida Clean Diesel Rebate Program.

The grants are available through the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, which has $300,000 total for the program.

“Since funding for this program is limited, rebates will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis and continue while they’re still available,” a statement from the Florida DEP said.

In December, Florida will begin enforcing its new ban on truck idling for drivers who aren’t in their sleeper berth. The sleeper berth exemption expires in 2013.

For more information and to apply, click here. OOIDA members can also call the Association at 800-444-5791.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer