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Overdrive Staff | January 01, 2010

WYOMING. State law now requires a copy of a vehicle’s registration to be carried in the vehicle.


Oakland port grants exhausted

One thousand truckers in California’s Port of Oakland have learned they won’t get grants to upgrade their trucks for the port’s Jan. 1 deadline, but state officials are trying to help operators obtain loans and offer career assistance.

Last October, port officials approved a program they describe as stricter than the California Air Resources Board requirements. On Jan. 1, Oakland began barring 1994 and earlier model years and required 1994-2002 trucks to have diesel particulate filters.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District, which managed the grant money, said its funding was exhausted before a remaining 1,000 truckers could receive it, says Kristine Roselius, a district spokeswoman. No more grant money is expected for 2010, but “we’re working very hard to help the truckers retrofit or replace their trucks through private loans,” Roselius says.

Oakland port spokeswoman Marilyn Sandifur says truckers who are not seeking loans can still haul within California. Several trucking companies are providing assistance to finance retrofits and replacements for truckers, including down payment assistance and low interest lease-to-own programs, she says.

District and port representatives say Cascade Sierra Solutions, City National Bank and One California Bank are willing to lend to truckers. Also, Diesel Emissions Service may be able to provide loans to those with poor credit ratings. Its phone number is (530) 241-3950.

— Jill Dunn n


MARK YOUR CALENDARS

FEB. 4-6, 2010: 47th ANNUAL CONVENTION AND TRUCK SHOW, Mid-West Truckers Association, Peoria, Ill. The convention is for members; the truck show, from Feb. 5-6, is open to the public. (217) 525-0342, www.mid-westtruckers.com.


MARCH 25-27: MID-AMERICA TRUCKING SHOW, Louisville, Ky., (502)899-3892, www.truckingshow.com.


APRIL 24-25: CUSTOM RIGS PRIDE & POLISH 75 CHROME SHOP, Wildwood, Fla., (888) 349-4287, www.prideandpolish.com.


JUNE 17-19: THE GREAT WEST TRUCK SHOW, Las Vegas, (888) 349-4287, www.TruckShow.com.


AUG. 26-28: THE GREAT AMERICAN TRUCKING SHOW, Dallas, (888) 349-4287, www.GATSonline.com.