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AB-1524 State Air Resources Board: zero-emission drayage trucks: Project 800 Initiative.(2021-2022)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.
 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) In 2020, the State Air Resources Board adopted regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from heavy-duty trucks and drayage trucks. These regulations include a first-in-the-world rule requiring truck manufacturers to transition from diesel trucks and vans to electric zero-emission trucks beginning in 2024 and requiring every new truck sold in California to be zero-emission by 2045. The State Air Resources Board approved the “Heavy-Duty Low NOx Omnibus Regulation,” which requires manufacturers of heavy-duty diesel trucks to comply with tougher emission standards, overhaul engine testing procedures, and further extend engine warranties to ensure that emissions of oxides of nitrogen are reduced to help California meet federal air quality standards and critical public health goals.
(b) Also in 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order No. N–79–20, which, among other things, requires all drayage trucks in the state to be zero-emission by 2035 and sets a number of vehicle emissions goals for the state, including having 100 percent of heavy-duty vehicles in the state be zero-emission by 2045.
(c) There are an estimated 30,000 drayage trucks that service California’s ports each year. Most of these are used trucks. Used drayage trucks cost around $50,000. New zero-emission trucks cost over $350,000. Unless funding is provided to offset the cost of new zero-emission trucks, it will be nearly impossible for individuals and small businesses to comply with the new requirement.

SEC. 2.

 Section 44274.3 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

44274.3.
 (a) To meet the state’s 2035 zero-emission drayage truck goal set forth in Executive Order No. N–79–20, the state board shall create the Project 800 Initiative to provide financial incentives to support the deployment of 800 zero-emission drayage trucks serving California ports.
(b) With regard to the Project 800 Initiative, it is the intent of the Legislature that:
(1) Funding for the initiative come from, but is not limited to coming from, the Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project.
(2) At least 800 zero-emission trucks will be ordered by June 30, 2022, by individuals and companies operating drayage trucks that serve California ports and by June 30, 2024, those trucks will begin operating at California’s ports.
(c) Funds available pursuant to the Project 800 Initiative shall only be provided if the purchaser or entity operating a drayage truck is in compliance with all applicable labor, employment, tax, and health and safety laws at the time of the purchase of that drayage truck, and maintains compliance thereafter.