Trucks from one specific trade corridor in CA offered grants

| 4/1/2010

Trucks owned by California companies that travel in certain trade corridors may be eligible for substantial truck replacement money.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District is distributing $50,000 toward the purchase of new diesel trucks and $100,000 for new natural gas trucks.

The air quality management district will accept applications until 1 p.m. on July 7.

“The mechanism for this program is to replace older diesel trucks with newer, lower-emitting heavy-duty diesel or natural gas trucks,” a CARB spokesman said.

The truck replacement money comes with strings, however.

Applicants must drive 100 percent of their miles in California, and promise to drive 50 percent of their miles in the air district’s defined trade corridors. Applicants also must agree to accept an on-board electronic monitoring unit “at any time during the contract term,” the truck replacement program’s announcement states.

The owner’s previous truck will be scrapped and dismantled.

For more information, visit the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s Web site by clicking here.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer