New Drayage Trucks – at Half the Price (and the Pollution)? It’s True!

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Calling all heavy-duty truck owners who work at the Port of Houston! Cold, hard cash is available for the purchase of new trucks that are more fuel-efficient and cleaner-burning, providing up to 80 percent of the cost of a new truck.

The Houston-Galveston Area Council (HGAC) will be hosting a Drayage Truck Event at the Port of Houston on Saturday, November 1, from 10:00am to 1:30pm, to share information about available grants and loans in order to help owners replace older, dirtier vehicles with new, cleaner ones (see how others have taken advantage of these opportunities in the past).

Why is funding like this available to help someone pay for a new truck? By replacing an older truck with a new one, we all benefit from improved air quality. These benefits include:

  • better health, since cleaner air reduces the onset of asthma and cancer and helps avoid the loss of work and schooldays, and
  • economic advancement, as these programs help the state and city progress towards meeting critical air quality standards.

What’s more, this money is well spent. These types of programs are a very cost-effective way to reduce air pollution in areas like Houston, where the impacts from heavy-duty vehicles and equipment are quite significant.

EDF partnered with HGAC and the Port of Houston in the past on emissions reduction initiatives to much success. For instance, EDF helped with the original Houston Drayage Loan Program which has cleaned up more than 200 of the 3,000+ drayage trucks operating at the Port of Houston.

However, much work remains to ensure the air in the 6th most ozone-polluted city in the country is safe to breathe. The upcoming Drayage Truck event is an excellent opportunity to buy a new truck at a deep discount and help Houston get closer to taking a deep (collective) breath of healthy air.

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2 Comments

  1. Franklin Sterling
    Posted October 29, 2014 at 12:28 AM | Permalink

    Why isnt this available in other areas. I just bought new truck but was unable to get th.is help. why? Thanks

  2. Christina Wolfe Christina Wolfe
    Posted October 30, 2014 at 11:05 AM | Permalink

    Mr. Sterling,

    Thank you for your comment. Initiatives like the grant program in Houston exist to help regions progress toward meeting clean air standards. Each region is required to address the emissions that come from various sources, such as heavy-duty trucks, that contribute to poor air quality. Texas officials prefer to incentivize owners and operators to replace older, dirtier trucks by helping them purchase cleaner-burning trucks rather than use regulations. This particular program targets drayage trucks at the Port of Houston, but other opportunities are currently available that may be available to you through the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan.

    Hope that helps and thank you again for reading,

    Chris

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