In partnership with Virginia Clean Cities, the Port of Virginia has relaunched the Green Operator Program to encourage the use of clean diesel trucks that service the port. The incentive program can provide up to $20,000 toward the purchase of drayage trucks and up to $6,000 toward the purchase and installation of retrofit devices.
Recognizing the need to modernize the drayage truck fleet and reduce the fuel and maintenance costs incurred by truck owners, the Port of Virginia created the Green Operator Program in 2006 and has helped replace or retrofit over 400 trucks to date.
“Through this voluntary program, the Port of Virginia and the trucking community which serves our marine terminals and inland facilities can help all citizens and the environment by further reducing emissions associated with the movement of goods,” says Kit Chope, the Port of Virginia's vice president for sustainability and process excellence.
Under the relaunched program, monetary incentives are offered to assist with the purchase of a model-year 2008 or newer truck or the purchase and installation of clean-diesel technology for an existing truck.
“Virginia Clean Cities is excited to be partnering with the Port of Virginia once again to build on the success of the Green Operator Program,” states Alleyn Harned, executive director of Virginia Clean Cities. “Utilizing cleaner fuels in dray trucks servicing the port can have a substantial impact on improving air quality across the commonwealth.”
More information on the program is available here.