TORONTO, Ont. –The Ontario government is now accepting applications for rebates towards environmentally- friendly commercial vehicles and anti-idling technologies.
Applicants can receive up to one-third of the incremental capital cost of a Class 3-7 alternative fuel-powered truck, including hybrids, or one-third the cost of an anti-idling device for Class 8 tractors including auxiliary power units. To download application forms, visit www.mto.gov.on.ca.
The funding is part of the province’s Green Commercial Vehicle Program, which will allocate $15 million towards green commercial vehicle technologies. The program is retroactive to August, 2007 Both the Ontario Trucking Association and Owner-Operators’ Business Association of Canada (OBAC) have lauded the program, however OBAC said it would like to see more funding allocated towards owner/operators. Only $2.9 million of the funding will be available to owner/operators for anti-idling technologies.
“We’re glad to see the province helping truckers reduce their carbon footprint, but we’re a little disappointed in the amount of money set aside for technologies likely to be used by owner/operators,” said OBAC’s executive director, Joanne Ritchie. “The per-unit allowance of roughly one-third of the purchase price is in line with a similar program offered by NRCan several years ago, but the Commercial Transportation Energy Efficiency Rebate handed out $8 million across Canada over two years. I don’t think Ontario’s $2.9 million is going to last four years.” •
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