Small Truck Fleets Could Qualify for CARB Pollution Prevention Funds from Prop 1B
HOW SMALL BUSINESSES CAN APPLY FOR FUNDSBusinesses 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.
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 AssistanceThe 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 ProgramThe $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:
Steps to take to apply:Answer some questions on this CARB website...to 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 corridorsThis 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 states 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:
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.
Diesel Exhaust Impact on HealthDiesel 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:
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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.
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