No word on anything like this program in Australia, however in the U.S. truck and bus owners are being offered funding towards upgrading or replacing their diesel-powered vehicles.
The program is being run in several states including Pennsylvania where the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is accepting grant applications to replace, repower, or retrofit diesel-powered trucks and buses.
More than $2.6 million ($3.6 million AUD) is available with the funds coming into the state’s coffers from a 2018 settlement with Volkswagen following the German manufacturer’s emissions cheating activities.
“Reducing emissions from diesel engines is an important tool for improving the air we breathe,” – DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell
“Whether it is a school district upgrading their school bus fleet or a private company repowering their delivery trucks, projects under the Clean Diesel Grant Program lead to cleaner air and lower emissions.”
Eligible projects include exhaust controls, engine upgrades and remanufacture systems, verified idle reduction technologies, verified aerodynamic technologies and low rolling resistance tyres, engine replacement, and vehicle and equipment replacement.
Time for you to have your say.
Should Australian authorities be offering incentives to bus and truck owners to invest in more modern and cleaner vehicles and powertrains?
For example, would you support a reduction in registration fees for operators of Euro 6 compliant heavy vehicles?
Let us know your thoughts on this in the comments section below.
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