The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District has grants available for truckers to help reduce emissions in the area.
Trucks are the largest source of the air basin’s nitrogen oxide emissions, which create both ozone and particulate pollution, and the Valley Air District has budgeted $639,132 to fund new trucks and reduce emissions under this grant program.
“We understand the importance of providing financial incentives to this crucial part of our Valley’s economy and are very pleased we can offer this assistance,” said Seyed Sadredin, the District’s executive director and air pollution control officer.
District funding will provide truckers with assistance that further reduces emissions beyond mere compliance with existing state regulations. This funding can be paired with the California Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Program operated through CALSTART.
Truck owners and small businesses operating Class 5 or Class 6 trucks are eligible to apply for grants that will allot up to $40,000 per eligible truck to help reduce truck emissions. The grant cannot exceed 35 percent of the total cost of the new truck.
Eligible truck owners need to be small business owners in the San Joaquin Valley operating Class 5 (16,001 to 19,500 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) or Class 6 (19,501 to 26,000 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) trucks currently in compliance with the California Air Resources Board on-road truck regulations.
The application period opened Thursday and applications are available through participating dealerships. The application period will remain open until the funds have been exhausted.
The program is targeting 1991 -2003 engine model year trucks that meet the program eligibility requirements below:
• Reside in the San Joaquin Valley
• Currently registered and in operation
• Meets minimum usage requirements
A complete listing of program requirements and participating dealerships can be found at http://valleyair.org/grants/onroadtrucks.htm or by calling program staff at 559-230-5800