The port truck replacement program run by the South Carolina Ports Authority has received $145,000 in additional federal grant funding to help further reduce air emissions across the Charleston area.
Launched in the fall of 2011, the port authority's truck program provides truck owners who are frequent users of the Port of Charleston’s facilities a financial incentive to replace pre-1994 model trucks with 2004 or newer models. Eligible truck owners can get a $10,000 incentive plus the scrap value of their pre-1194 truck to use toward the purchase of a newer, cleaner truck.
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has awarded the South Carolina Ports Authority $145,000 from a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency diesel-emissions reduction grant to continue the program. The grant funds cover half of the incentive for the program, with the port agency funding the remaining $5,000 per truck.
To date, 57 local truckers have taken advantage of the program.