Release 09-49
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 26, 2009

    Air Resources Board media contact Mary Salas Fricke - Sacramento
(916) 322-2990
www.arb.ca.gov

San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control Central District media contact - Fresno Jaime Holt (559)230-5850 www.valleyair.org

Air District offers money to replace old diesel trucks
Incentive program targets 1993 and older trucks


The Valley Air District has money for heavy-duty diesel owners of small fleets to replace their older, polluting trucks with newer, cleaner models.

The Voucher Incentive Program (VIP) is a new, streamlined option funded through the Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Attainment Program. More than $15 million is available through the program, which is open to any owner to fund heavy-duty truck replacements statewide. Between $30,000 and $35,000 is available per grant, depending on the age of the truck. Trucks with 1993 and older engines are eligible. Grants are made on a first-come, first-served basis and applications will be approved within five business days.

"This is a valuable way to encourage owners/operators of older trucks to make an investment in newer, cleaner models, and it fills a great need," said Seyed Sadredin, the District's executive director and air pollution control officer.

"Funding assistance for clean trucks is key to quickly reduce diesel emissions in one of the busiest trade corridors in the state," said Air Resources Board Chairman Mary D. Nichols. "This will benefit Valley residents with cleaner air to breathe, resulting in fewer cases of respiratory disease, hospital visits and missed work days."

Eligible trucks must operate 75 percent of the time in California but need not be based in the Valley. Additional criteria include:

The replacement truck/s must meet at least 2007 emission standards and be purchased through a participating dealership, and the old truck destroyed. Trucks purchased through the program are subject to three-year reporting. A list of participating dealerships is available at www.valleyair.org


The program is part of the state's overall diesel emission reduction plan started in 2000. Last December, ARB adopted statewide clean bus and truck regulations in order to bring California closer to meeting federal mandated air-quality standards and deadlines. A measure to cut greenhouse gas emissions from trucks by making them more aerodynamic was also adopted as part of California's goal to cut climate change emissions 30 percent by 2020, per AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.

For additional program information or to apply for a voucher, call the grants and incentives department at (559) 230-5800 or ARB's diesel hotline at 1-866-6DIESEL. Check www.valleyair.org for website updates and to sign up for automated e-mail information or ARB's website at www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/moyer/voucher/voucher.htm

The Valley Air District covers eight counties including San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare and the Valley air basin portion of Kern. Visit www.valleyair.org to learn more. ARB is the state air quality agency that works in partnership with the 35 air districts in California.

The following is a list of additional media contacts:

North District media contact - Modesto
Anthony Presto
(209) 557-6400

South District media contact - Bakersfield
Brenda Turner
(661) 392-5500

Spanish-language contact
Claudia Encinas
(559) 230-5851

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.

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