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Grants available to truckers for anti-idling equipment


MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) -- Truck drivers and trucking companies that want to save fuel and cut down on idling time might want to apply for a state grant program while there’s still time.

Wisconsin’s Department of Administration is making a million dollars available to common, contract, and private motor carriers to reduce diesel truck idling. DOA Secretary Mike Huebsch says their goal is to reduce emissions and improve air quality, and to help truckers save a million gallons of diesel fuel this year alone. The Diesel Truck Idling Reduction Grant Program is administered by DOA’s Division of Energy Services. Wisconsin motor carriers are eligible to apply for cost-sharing funds. The program provides Wisconsin-based trucking companies up to 50% reimbursement for idling reduction equipment and installation on heavy-duty diesel truck-tractors. Idling reduction units provide an alternative source of heating, cooling, and electrical power without operating the truck’s main drive engine. There are some guidelines, and the deadline to apply is August 9th.

The application materials and more information about the grant programs can be found at the Department of Administration website.