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Program Aims To Replace Old Trucks Serving Ports

BALTIMORE (AP) — A program aimed at cleaning up the air in the mid-Atlantic region is encouraging short-haul truck operators serving ports in the region to trade in clunkers for newer vehicles.

With more than $3 million in federal funds, the University of Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Air Management Association, a group of state air pollution regulators, are offering subsidies and financial incentives to replace older trucks serving ports in Baltimore, Philadelphia, Wilmington and Hampton Roads. Organizers hope to nearly double that amount with other public and private funding to replace hundreds of trucks over the next two years.

Owners of short-haul trucks built before 2003 are eligible for grants of up to $15,000 towards a newer vehicle. For now,
preference is being given to vehicles with engines made before 1998.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  1. JackDaniels says:

    ANOTHER CASH FOR CLUNKERS FIASCO BOONDOGGLE!!!!!!

    REPLACE OLD CLUNKERS WITH NEW CLUNKERS THAT GET A COUPLE MORE MPG’S AND LET THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER FOOT THE BILL!!!!!!! AFTER THE TRUCKS HAVE 100,000 MILES ON THEM, WHICH DOESN’T TAKE LONG, THEY’LL BE BELCHING OUT JUST AS MUCH POLLUTION AS THE OLD CLUNKERS THEY REPLACED…………………..THESE FEDERAL IDIOTS ARE IN DENIAL!!!!!!!!

    1. Wheres common sense when you need it says:

      You, my friend, haven’t got a clue what you are talking about! You realy should educate yourself on what you are going to comment on before you speak. This will help you to not sound so stupid!

  2. Wheres common sense when you need it says:

    New trucks are nice, but they cost to much. The new trucks create less emissions, but still get the same fuel mileage. It is hard to justify the high cost of a new truck payment. Maryland is doing everything it can to put truckers out of business as it is with the high cost of tags and registration and the new toll fees that they want to put in place. Add the high cost of fuel and insurance and it makes more sense to keep an old truck that is paid for. Besides, why should taxpayers subsidize a business anyway? The port and shippers need to pony up and pay a rate that justifies a new truck.

  3. PAUL E. MICELLI says:

    And just WHERE are these “TRUCKS” going to be BUILT??????????????????? And WHO’S going to wind up paying for this in the long run???

  4. A sunny day in Maryland. says:

    They should go back to using railroads more.

  5. Common Sense says:

    Why intervene. If an business runs out trucks let them. If you want them to buy new ones pass requirements stating they have to be newer. Why waste tax payers money to give to a company. Let the company raise their fee’s if they need new trucks.

    Rob for pete to give to paul…the new american way.

    1. Wheres common sense when you need it says:

      Passing new requirements stating they have to be newer is great in theory, but if the rates paid to the truck do not meet the needs to be able to afford a newer truck, then all you have done is put the trucks out of business, and then the freight doesn’t move. Truth be told, the government is using thr truckers to “clean” the air in this country. The air that goes into these new engines is dirtier than the exhaust that comes out of them. Bottom line is the government has put the responsibility of cleaning up the air on the backs of the truckers. The profit margin for truckers is so small, they can barely cover the cost of operation, let alone cleaning up after heavy industry.

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