CARB clears way for Southern California port truck grants

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The California Air Resources Board on Thursday, Sept. 3, sent a grant agreement to the South Coast Air Quality Management District that will immediately free up $45 million in grant funds for truckers to replace diesel trucks operating in and out of the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.

As of Jan. 1, truck owners throughout the state will need to upgrade their trucks under CARB’s Drayage Truck Rule, which requires particulate filters to be installed or old trucks to be replaced. In Southern California, the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are only allowing newer trucks.

Local air districts are processing the applications submitted for Proposition 1B funding, which requires projects that will achieve the greatest emissions reductions with each state bond dollar. The program is intended to cut diesel pollution through incentives to help individuals and businesses that already have made the capital investment in the old equipment take action to clean up that equipment ahead of, or beyond, the requirements of CARB rules.

“This new funding in the South Coast is specifically targeted for port truckers looking to replace their old, dirty models,” says CARB Chairman Mary D. Nichols. “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.”

CARB is allocating $45 million in voter-approved Proposition 1B funds to truck owners and operators looking to upgrade their fleets that serve the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach with cleaner models, with an additional $49 million in the pipeline. The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and the South Coast Air Quality Management District are contributing an additional $17.5 million in supplemental funding for alternative fuel replacement trucks.