ARB PLACE Program for On-Road Vehicles

This page last reviewed October 23, 2015


In October 2007, Governor Schwarzenegger signed Assembly Bill (AB) 118 (Chapter 750, Statutes of 2007) into law.  AB 118 created two new incentive programs with potential funding for heavy-duty vehicles – the Alternative and Renewable Fuels and Advanced Technology Program to be administered by the California Energy Commission, and the Air Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) to be administered by the Air Resources Board (ARB). The 2008-2009 Fiscal Year State budget includes a one-time appropriation of approximately $35 million from the AQIP fund to implement a heavy-duty vehicle air quality loan program to assist on-road fleets affected by the ARB’s In-Use Truck and Bus Regulation and Heavy-Duty (Tractor-Trailer) Greenhouse Gas Regulation. The Board originally considered these two regulations in 2008, and considered amendments to both regulations in 2010.

AB 109 (Chapter 313, Statutes of 2008) provides the legislative authority for the program, while AB 1338 (Chapter 760, Statutes of 2008) prescribes the basic program criteria for providing financial assistance to owners and operators of on-road heavy-duty diesel fleets.

What's New?

Posted November 26, 2013
  • The staffs of ARB and the California Pollution Control Financing Authority's (CPCFA) California Capital Access Program have issued a notice for a joint teleconference call on December 9, 2013, starting at 10:00 a.m.  The purpose of the teleconference call is to discuss proposed changes to the ARB/CPCFA interagency agreement for 2014 that may affect lenders participating in ARB's Loan Assistance Program's implemented through CPCFA's California Capital Access Program.

  • To view a copy of the notice, including instructions for accessing the teleconference call, please use the following link:  December 9, 2013 Meeting Notice (PDF- 30KB)

  • NEW!To view a copy of the presentation handout for use during the teleconference call, please use the following link:  December 9, 2013 Presentation (PDF- 117KB)

Posted June 8, 2009

  • ARB has posted a Notice of Public Meeting for June 25, 2009. The Board will consider an update on outreach and funding assistance for truck owners.  To view a copy of the notice, please go to the following website:

Posted December 4, 2008

Frequently Asked Questions


Am I eligible?

  • The company must be a small business, meaning it has 100 or fewer employees, and $10 million or less in annual revenue, averaged over three years.

  • The company must have their primary economic effect in California (most of the vehicle miles traveled must occur in California, most jobs in California, etc.)

  • Fleets of 10 or fewer heavy-duty vehicles are eligible, as long as they meet the above requirements.


What are the steps for getting a loan through the program?

  1. The borrower applies for a loan at a CalCAP lender participating in ARB's program and fills out the Borrower Eligibility Criteria and Certification Form. (Sample Form)  CalCAP lenders and truck dealerships may be able to assist the borrower in completing this form. In addition, the borrower completes the lender’s required loan application forms.

  2. If the borrower qualifies, based on the lender’s loan underwriting standards, loan documents are prepared and signed by the borrower and lender.

  3. Lender disburses funds to the borrower.

What can I use my loan for?

You can use loan proceeds only to purchase (not refinance) on-road diesel-powered heavy-duty vehicles and equipment for compliance with the ARB’s Statewide In-Use Truck and Bus Regulation.  Eligible purchases with loan proceeds include:

  • Used and new tractors equipped with 2007 – 2009 model year engines certified to engine emission standards of 1.20 g/bhp-hr NOx and 0.01 g/bhp-hr PM or cleaner;

  • Tractors equipped with 2010 and later model year engines ARB-certified to 2010 and later model year emission standards. 

  • ARB-verified diesel emission control devices (exhaust retrofits). For verified devices, please see ARB's Verified Technologies pages.

More information on CalCAP.