Frequently Asked Questions
The program received limited funding through a US Environmental Protection Agency, Diesel Emission Reduction Act grant to the Maryland Department of Environment for approximately 7 trucks.
What is new with the program?
- New, replacement trucks must be 2012 model year or newer and contain an engine that meets EPA 2010 Heavy Duty Diesel Engine Standards
- Program administrators will periodically check service to the POB facilities by the trucks purchase with program funds for up to one year after the truck purchase.
- Independent contractors as well as fleet owners may apply.
- Preference will be given to trucks registered in the State of Maryland. However, trucks that are registered in another state but serve the Port of Baltimore are still eligible.
- Owner-operators must currently provide drayage truck services to the Port of Baltimore. Proof of port service is required to participate in this program.
- Port service can be established via a Transportation Worker Identification Card (TWIC), through the Maryland Port Administration’s eModal, or other transportation monitoring systems. Please send a copy (front and back) of your TWIC card as an attachment to your application, and carefully complete the “Company Information” section of the application because the information provided in this section will also be used to prove port service.
- The program provides up to $30,000 toward a newer truck.
- New, replacement trucks must be 2012 model year or newer and contain an engine that meets EPA 2010 Heavy Duty Diesel Engine Standards.
- The purpose of this program is to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gases associated with the transport of goods to and from the Port of Baltimore.
- Yes, but you must provide an application for each truck.
- Each truck must meet the eligibility requirements for replacement.
- Truck engines must be between model year 1995-2006.
- Trucks must have been owned for at least one year, verified by the date on the title.
- The truck must be “street legal.” This means the truck must be drive-able on the date that it is scrapped. This also means the truck must have a current registration and insurance.
- The title must indicate “No Liens” or have a “Lien Release.”
- The truck must be drivable and in service on the date that it is scrapped.
- Old trucks must be scrapped. Any proceeds from the scrap metal will be applied toward the purchase of the truck.
- Trucks must be owned by the applicant for at least one year before the truck is eligible for this program.
- Old trucks must be drivable on the day of scrappage.
- A signed application.
- A copy (front and back) of a Transportation Worker Identification Card (TWIC) for the driver of the truck.
- A copy of the current truck title and registration.
- Proof of insurance.
- A photograph of the current truck with license plate clearly legible.
- A letter showing you have been pre-approved for a loan to cover the remaining cost of the new truck.
- After acceptance into the program, a proof of purchase in the form of a paid invoice for a 2012 or newer model yeartruck with a 2010 or newer engine will be required.
- Have you had a bankruptcy within the last four years?
- Do you have a foreclosure or lien in your recent financial history?
- Do you have an open federal tax lien?
- Do you have a prior repossession?
- Is your credit score below 600?
- Do you consistently pay bills late?
Answering yes to any these questions may impact your chance of obtaining financing, but ultimately the decision is up to the financing institutions.
- Program staff will contact you after you are accepted into the program. At this time, you will receive an acceptance packet with instructions for how to proceed with the purchase of your truck.
- Do NOT purchase a new truck prior to program approval or you risk making your truck ineligible for the program.
- Program staff will contact you after you are accepted into the program to give you more details on how and when to scrap your truck. A checklist for documenting the scrappage process will be provided to you.
- Do NOT scrap your truck without program approval or you risk making your truck ineligible for the program.
- Go to the application page to apply online or click here to download an application.
- Call the truck hotline at 410.205.2730 to request an application.
- For questions, please call the truck hotline at 410.205.2730. You will be contacted by staff within one business day.