BC Trucking Association accepting applications for clean trucking rebates

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

The BC Trucking Association (BCTA) is accepting rebate applications for the fourth year of the CleanBC Heavy-duty Vehicle Efficiency (HDVE) Program.

BCTA has partnered with the B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to administer the CleanBC HDVE Program – an incentive program that provides carriers with fuel management strategies and rebates of up to $15,000 per vehicle and $100,000 per fleet for approved fuel-efficiency devices. The provincial government is providing $3.5 million for year four of the program, more than double the rebates offered previously.

By providing carriers with fuel management strategies and incentives of up to 50 percent for approved fuel-efficiency devices, participation in the program can currently reduce fuel consumption and associated GHG emissions by up to 35 percent.

“We’re excited that the Province is ensuring more funds are available for rebates this year– that means more B.C. carriers get to put money back in their pockets, and less GHG emissions are released into the environment,” said Dave Earle, BCTA president and CEO.

“B.C.’s trucking sector has grown by an average of 4,000 medium- and heavy-duty vehicles each year over the past decade, amounting to more emissions with the increased demand. It’s imperative that we support and accelerate the shift to greener fleets to decarbonize our industry and build a cleaner, stronger economy for our province.”

Since its inception in 2019, BCTA estimates the impact of the CleanBC HDVE Program to have removed 39.4 million kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions each year – the equivalent of over 8,800 passenger vehicles.

“The powerful results achieved by implementing fuel-efficient technology is a testament to the program,” continued Earle. “We know for a fact that it makes a difference, and we encourage everyone who is eligible to apply.”

Year four of the CleanBC HDVE program will run until August 31, 2023, or until the funds are fully allocated, whichever comes first.

The program includes a free course that teaches participants the importance on why truck and motor coach fleets of any size should have a fuel management program that focuses on driver training, benchmarking, adoption of fuel-saving equipment, and fleet turnover, including consideration of alternative fuel options.

Priority funding allocation for Year-four will be given to new applicants. Funding is allocated equitably among successful applicants by region and carrier type and size.

Applications are being accepted from new applicants now, and from all applicants beginning September 15, 2022.

Companies must meet the eligibility criteria that are available in the CleanBC HDVE Program Guide.