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Mary Fricke

$28 million funding assistance program is expanded to help more independent truckers

Changes designed to help small California-based fleets and owners
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Sacramento - The Air Resources Board approved changes to an existing $28 million financial assistance program this week that will significantly help more California independent truckers qualify for the purchase of a cleaner-running vehicle.

The changes made to the statewide Voucher Incentive Program, also known as the VIP, will make funding available to a larger variety of trucks that will help owners comply early with the statewide truck and bus regulation passed in 2008. VIP, which is part of the Carl Moyer air quality program, is a streamlined, diesel on-road voucher program that helps the small independent truck owner get a cleaner-running truck sooner.

“The board understands the need to expand our financial assistance programs and these changes give more small fleet and individual truck owners access to money to clean up their vehicles,” said ARB Chairman Mary D. Nichols. “This will help a lot of small business owners comply with the law, and also ensure we continue the state's efforts to fight pollution from diesel trucks and clean up the air."

The program is geared to help small California-based fleets replace their older, polluting trucks with newer, cleaner models. Approximately $28 million is available through the program to fund truck replacements or exhaust retrofits statewide.

Specific changes to VIP are:

Participating truck dealerships or retrofit installers can help business owners check eligibility and apply for a voucher. Grants are made on a first-come, first-served basis and qualifying applications are reviewed and approved within five business days. For a list of participating dealerships and installers, go to:

VIP is part of the state’s overall plan to cut toxic diesel emissions 85 percent by 2020. In December 2008, ARB adopted statewide clean truck and bus regulations to bring California closer to meeting federally mandated air-quality standards and deadlines. California is currently working toward meeting clean-air standards for ozone and particulate matter emissions.

For additional program information, see: Truckstop or call ARB’s diesel hotline at 1-866-6DIESEL.

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.