BC carriers invited to reduce emissions through new CleanBC Heavy-duty Vehicle Efficiency Program

THE BC Trucking Association (BCTA), in partnership with the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, recently announced the launch of the CleanBC Heavy-duty Vehicle Efficiency Program Course with sessions scheduled in Langley and Kamloops for November and December 2019, and additional dates coming for Langley and Prince George early in the new year.

These sessions are pre-requisites for CleanBC Heavy-duty Vehicle Efficiency Program Incentives, which will distribute $1.4 million towards fuel-efficiency equipment and technology to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from heavy commercial vehicles in BC.

BCTA said it has been a long-term advocate for outreach and incentives for carriers to adopt fuel efficiency technology and practices that have reliable and documented results in reducing fuel usage and GHG emissions.

“What’s exciting about the CleanBC Heavy-duty Vehicle Efficiency Program is that it’s available for all carriers who meet the eligibility criteria,” said Dave Earle, BCTA president and CEO. “There is no restriction on the size or location of your operation in BC; we’re aiming at reducing GHG emissions from BC’s fleet as a whole, truck by truck, since that’s what it will take to help meet emissions-reduction targets for our sector.”

BCTA is administering the program on behalf of the Province. To be eligible to participate, companies must have one or more heavy-duty commercial vehicles (a vehicle with a gross vehicle weight greater than 11,794 kg) that is licensed and insured to operate in British Columbia, conducts business in British Columbia, and has a terminal located in British Columbia.

Registration opened on November 4 for the pre-requisite CleanBC Heavy-duty Vehicle Efficiency Program Course sessions, scheduled for November 26, December 3 and 4 in Langley (BCTA training room) and December 10 in Kamloops (location TBA). BCTA will post session dates, locations and registration information on the training calendar on bctrucking.com. Additional dates for two more sessions in Langley and one in Prince George in January and February 2020 are also coming.

This one-day course will teach participants how to develop a Fuel Management Program for any size of fleet, incorporating measures to improve fuel economy based on what will work best each operation. It will also show how to develop a baseline of fuel consumption and measure progress as fleets implement their Fuel Management Program.

Upon successful completion of the course, participants are eligible to apply for CleanBC Heavy-duty Vehicle Efficiency Program Incentives, featuring rebates on the purchase and installation of qualifying fuel-saving equipment. The Province has committed $1.4 million annually, for up to three years, for investment in this program.

For more information on CleanBC, visit https://cleanbc.gov.bc.ca/.

For a backgrounder describing qualifying equipment eligible for Heavy-duty Vehicle Efficiency Program Incentives and the rebates available for each, go to:

https://www.bctrucking.com/news/backgrounder-cleanbc-heavy-duty-vehicle-efficiency-program-qualifying-equipment

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