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Small Truck Fleets Could Qualify for CARB Pollution Prevention Funds from Prop 1B

California Prop 1B grants to reduce diesel emissions from trucks, locomotives, and harborcraft in busiest trade corridors: Los Angeles, San Diego, Bay Area, and Central Valley.

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Truckers can quickly reduce air pollution emissions and associated health risk from freight movement. Here are some financial programs to help small trucking firms.


Businesses most likely to qualify for the funds include freight movement fleets under 20 vehicles.

Which businesses qualify for 1B funding?

Funding is available for owners of equipment used in freight movement to upgrade to cleaner technologies. California operation requirements vary by equipment type. (See Appendices A through F of the Prop 1B Guidelines adopted March 25, 2010 for specifics.)

What specific equipment does the funding pay for?

Funding is available for upgrading existing diesel equipment through retrofit, repower, replacement, installation of electrical infrastructure or an emissions capture and control systems.

OLD TRUCKS: The main eligibility criteria for the old diesel truck include

  1. Trucks with
    • Model year (MY) 2003 or older engine if replacing the old truck,
    • MY1994-2006 engines if repowering, or
    • MY1994-2006 engines if installing an exhaust retrofit.
  2. Involved in goods movement activities
  3. Heavy-duty diesel trucks with a declared Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) or Combined Gross Vehicle Weight (CGW) of 60,001 lbs or greater on current DMV registration and a manufacturer’s Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 31,000 lbs. or greater
  4. Continuous California registration for last 2 years or 8 months of DMV registration history supplemented by documentation showing past 2 years of California operation
  5. At least 75% operation within California for the past 2 years.

These projects include organizational categories of individual truck, locomotive, rail yard, piece of cargo equipment, harbor craft, ship berth, truck stop or distribution center.

How do truckers apply for 1B funding?

Truckers apply for funding through a participating air district in the State of California (ie: . These air districts solicit applications for equipment, evaluate, and fund eligible applications for all project options within the funding category, and base project selection on the competitive ranking process.

Financial assistance may be available through the following programs for heavy heavy-duty diesel truck fleets with one to three trucks that operate at a port or intermodal railyard:

Loan Assistance

The ARB's "Providing Loan Assistance for California Equipment (PLACE)" is an innovative loan guarantee program to offer financial assistance to on-road heavy-duty fleet owners subject to the "Statewide In-Use Truck and Bus Regulation" and the "Heavy-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Regulation".

Loans may only be used to purchase on-road diesel-powered heavy-duty trucks and equipment for compliance with the ARB’s Statewide In-Use Truck and Bus Regulation and the Heavy-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Regulation.

California Trucks- Goods Movement Emission Reduction Program

The $1 billion Proposition 1B: Goods Movement Emission Reduction Program is a partnership between the Air Resources Board (ARB) and local agencies (like air districts and seaports) to quickly reduce air pollution emissions and associated health risk from freight movement along California's trade corridors. Local agencies apply to ARB for funding, then those agencies offer financial opportunities to owners of trucks used in freight movement to upgrade to cleaner technologies.

For heavy heavy-duty diesel trucks that do not operate at a port or intermodal railyard, additonal financial assistance may be available.

What Trucking Improvements Can You Get Funding For?

Grants may be available for the following equipment:
  • Replacement of a truck with 2003 or older model year engine,
  • Repower of a truck with 1994-2006 engine model year,
  • Retrofit of a truck with 1994-2006 model year engine with an ARB-verified diesel emission control device (exhaust retrofit).

Where can I find out more information on the California Trucks- Goods Movement Emission Reduction Program?

CALL (916) 44GOODS
VISIT THE WEB Program webpage


Fact sheets

Steps to take to apply:

Answer some questions on this CARB find the incentives you might qualify for.

To find fact sheets and regulatory information in English and Spanish. For those that have further questions or would like to speak to a staff member, CARB provides the 1-866-6DIESEL hotline. This hotline also has help in Spanish and Punjabi.

ARB announces $200 million to clean the state's busiest trade corridors

This grant money is targeted to reduce diesel emissions from trucks, locomotives, and harborcraft.

On June 24, 2010, the California Air Resources Board awarded $200 million in Proposition 1B funds to cut harmful emissions from heavy-duty trucks and other sources in the state's four busiest trade corridors to clean up air pollution and protect community health.

The Los Angeles/Inland Empire, Central Valley, Bay Area and San Diego/Border regions received the funds from the Proposition 1B, approved by voters in 2006. Previous Proposition 1B funds in 2008 provided $246 million to local agencies putting more than 5,000 cleaner trucks on the state’s roads.

"This money will help put cleaner trucks on our roads, cleaner locomotives in our railyards and cleaner harborcraft in our ports," said ARB Chairman Mary D. Nichols. "Thanks to these funds California communities located in busy freight transport areas will see the public health payoff much sooner and our children will be exposed to fewer toxic emissions from older, dirty diesel equipment."

The trade corridors to receive funding are:

  • $110 million for Los Angeles/Inland Empire;
  • $55.5 million for Central Valley;
  • $31 million for the Bay Area and San Diego/Border regions.

The recommended distribution of the $200 million among the four trade corridors is based on program guidelines adopted in March. The money will be used to reduce emissions from heavy-duty diesel trucks, locomotives and rail yards, ship berths, cargo equipment and commercial harbor craft such as tugboats and crew and supply vessels.

  • The $200 million will be distributed to the following projects:
    • $112 million for diesel truck upgrades;
    • $81 million for ships at berth and cargo handling projects;
    • $6 million for freight locomotive projects; and,
    • $.5 million for harbor craft projects
  • Projects include truck grants which will help independent truck owners and others comply early with the statewide truck rule adopted in 2008.

    The newly funded projects are estimated to reduce emissions by over 29,000 tons of nitrogen oxides and over 600 tons of particulate matter over the life of the project.
  • The $1 billion Proposition 1B: Goods Movement Emission Reduction Program is funded through the sale of voter-approved bonds in the financial market and is a partnership between the ARB and local agencies such as districts and seaports, to quickly reduce air pollution emissions and health risk from freight movement along California's trade corridors. Local agencies apply to ARB for funding, and then those agencies offer financial incentives to owners of equipment used in freight movement to upgrade to cleaner technologies. Projects funded under this program must achieve early or extra emission reductions to complement ARB regulations.

    Diesel Exhaust Impact on Health

    Diesel exhaust contains a variety of harmful gases and over 40 other known cancer-causing compounds that have been associated with cancer, lung and heart disease. Nitrogen oxides or NOx, a precursor to ozone, contributes to urban smog and is associated with the development of adverse heath effects such as childhood asthma.

    For more information on Proposition 1B, visit: . For more information on the truck and bus rule, visit: . The Air Resources Board is a department of the California Environmental Protection Agency. ARB’s mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the economy. The ARB oversees all air pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain health based air quality standards.

    Edited by Carolyn Allen, owner/editor of California Green Solutions
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