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Zero-Emission School Buses…How Does That Sound? - May 12, 2017

Raise your hand if you remember your more youthful days, having to breathe the visible black haze, also known as diesel soot, at the bus zone of your elementary, junior high and high schools. We certainly do, and even back then didn’t we all suspect that breathing it could not be good for us? Well now we KNOW it is not.

Google “effects of diesel soot” and you’ll find out just how bad diesel soot is to your health. But there is good news on the horizon. Children in the Greater Sacramento region will no longer have to breathe diesel soot from old school buses because they are about to get replaced with 29 new zero-emission school buses.

Thanks in part to a $7.5 million grant from the California Air Resources Board, and sponsored by the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District and its partners, the largest electric school bus deployment project in the nation was announced at a media event on May 12, 2017! Welcome to the future my friends.

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One-Stop Truck Event: May 23rd in Madera - April 28, 2017

Readers may recall that in the fourth quarter of 2016, a California Air Resources Board (CARB) One-Stop Truck Event scheduled for Madera had to be postponed. The good news is that it has been rescheduled and we are pleased to announce that the new date is Tuesday, May 23rd.

Remember, One-Stops are the ultimate in convenience and service for those who prefer to take care of all-things-diesel-compliance in one day, at one place. Whether your concerns are on-road truck and bus, tractor-trailer greenhouse gas, off-road, cargo handling, large spark ignition, drayage or transport refrigeration, portable equipment or you-name-it, you will get answers and guidance with a smile and no run-around.

In addition to the truck compliance inspection demonstrations and one-on-one compliance assistance, there will be training sessions covering topics such as regulatory overview, latest emission reduction technologies and the ever-popular matters of financial assistance and upgrade incentives. Have questions about reporting your rig or fleet into the CARB TRUCRS database? See you there. Take a look at our One-Stop webpage for more information.

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Changes Made to the Proposition 1B Financial Assistance Program - April 4, 2017

If you previously looked into the Proposition 1B (Prop 1B) program for financial help, but found that it couldn’t meet your needs, you might want to revisit the program with a serious eye toward future business considerations. If you have never checked out the program, please make it a priority.

The whole premise, purpose and process of Prop 1B is about early or extra emission reductions above and beyond minimum legal requirements, and the key to getting there is to put you behind the wheel of the rig of the future. While Prop 1B has been around for awhile, it deserves a second look mostly because of the opportunities it provides to access the latest and greatest technology. The future is here now and it’s banging on the side of that sleeper cab! There is a lot that is new and working well and is worth a wake-up and a step outside!

With changes to the Prop 1B program you can now replace your class 5 truck with a new zero or near-zero emission truck or an alternative fuel truck. In addition, you can even replace your big rig with a smaller one, such as a class 7 truck with a class 6 truck or a class 6 truck with a class 5 truck. For more details, take a look at the Executive Order.

To find out about the most current solicitations, please visit the Prop 1B webpage. Or you can contact your local Air Pollution Control or Air Quality Management District and tell them you want to know all about how the last round of Prop 1B changes could set you up for hauling into a zero emission, near-zero emission and/or an alternatively fueled future!

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