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Overdrive Staff | September 01, 2011

DART NETWORK, whose holdings include Dart Transit, has eliminated 67 non-driving jobs to allow the company to focus on recruiting and retaining truckers.



CARB to fund $40M for clean vehicles

The California Air Resources Board has approved up to $40 million for the third year of funding to promote the purchase of next-generation clean cars, trucks and off-road equipment.

Californians will be able to use vouchers or rebates on a first-come, first-served basis toward the purchase of zero-emissions or plug-in hybrid cars and zero-emissions or hybrid trucks and buses.

CARB approved the following funding:

• $15 million to $21 million for continued funding of consumer rebates of up to $2,500 toward the purchase of zero-emissions or plug-in hybrid passenger vehicles;

• $11million to $16 million to continue providing vouchers for California businesses to buy lower-emitting and fuel-efficient hybrid and zero-emission trucks and buses; and

• $2 million to $3 million toward promising locomotive, truck and bus technology demonstration projects.

The Air Quality Improvement Program invests in new emissions-reduction technologies. In its first two years, the program funded about 2,000 zero-emissions passenger vehicles and more than 1,000 hybrid and zero-emissions trucks and buses, totaling $58 million. Funding for these programs is generated from expected revenues from smog abatement, vehicle and vessel registration fees.

— Staff reports



SHORT HAULS

FEDERAL TAXES on diesel fuel, truck tires, heavy equipment and heavy-vehicle road use are set to expire Sept. 30 unless Congress acts on a transportation bill when it reconvenes after its summer recess. The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) expired in 2009, but taxes going into the Highway Trust Fund were collected for an additional two years.

TRUCKING JOBS GREW for the sixth straight month in July as for-hire trucking companies added 1,300 new positions, according to preliminary estimates. Compared with July 2010, trucking employment is up by 43,000 positions, or 3.5 percent.



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