CARB expands Moyer program to make more trucks grant-eligible

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line contributing writer | Friday, July 25, 2014

The California Air Resources Board has expanded grant funding opportunities for small trucking businesses.

Eligible trucking companies, however, are still required to spend a majority of their operating time in California’s borders.

During CARB’s monthly board meeting Thursday, board members unanimously approved amendments to the agency’s Carl Moyer Program, which distributes tens of millions of dollars in grants annually.

The program now funds $69 million, with local state air quality management districts matching an additional $12 million.

The expansion of the Moyer Program was directed by CARB at its monthly board meeting April 24-25. The changes were encouraged by some at the meeting as a way to help small trucking fleets comply with the regs and continue operating in California.

According to the amendments, the Moyer program now will focus on small trucking fleets of one to three trucks, and would require a minimum of 51 percent usage in California. The funding would go toward the replacement of trucks with Model Year 2006 and older engines.

In its 400-page book of guidelines, CARB says “very limited funding” opportunities are available for many truck upgrades, while a larger portion of the Carl Moyer funding is reserved for small trucking firms.

Maximum grant funding for truck replacements, repowers and retrofits is limited depending on the project’s scope. For instance, new vehicle purchase grants are capped at 25 percent of the truck’s price. Engine repowers are limited to $30,000, retrofits to $10,000. Reefer retrofit and idling reduction retrofit projects are eligible for grants that pay 100 percent of cost.

Truck retrofits must be accompanied by proof that the truck has had a low NOx software upgrade reflash within 60 days of receiving grant funds.

For more information, contact CARB’s Diesel Hotline at 1-866-6DIESEL, or go to the Moyer Program homepage by clicking here.

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