CARB announces $45 million grant program for port trucks

| 9/4/2009

Truck owners that work at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach may be eligible to upgrade their fleet with newer truck engines by applying for $45 million in funding administered by the California Air Resources Board.

The grant money can be applied for through the South Coast Air Quality Management District, available at or by phone at 1-800 CUT-SMOG (288-7664).

According to a CARB news release, the $45 million in funding “can be used to replace old diesel trucks with new, clean models powered by diesel, natural gas or other technologies that meet low emission standards … regardless of fuel type.”

“This new funding in the South Coast is specifically targeted for port truckers looking to replace their old, dirty models,” CARB Chairman Mary Nichols said in a statement. “This program, especially combined with our suite of other diesel activities, will provide cleaner skies right away for our port communities. Of course, the applicant must already own an older truck and be ready to buy a clean new truck when the state check clears.”

An additional $49 million in funding for the project will be forthcoming, CARB stated.

Beginning on Jan. 1, 2010, trucks with 1993 or older engines are banned at ports and intermodal rail yards. Also on New Year’s Day, trucks with model year 1994-2003 engines must be equipped with a CARB-approved diesel particulate filter.

The CARB port rule is different than local port plans adopted by ports at Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oakland, which have their own equipment limits.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer