Senator Leyva Urges Governor to Sign “Cleaner and Greener Trucks” Bill

SB 372 Will Help Fleets in California to Transition Medium and Heavy-Duty Trucks to Zero Emission Alternatives

Thursday, September 2, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Earlier today, the California State Senate gave final legislative approval to Senate Bill 372 by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino), an important bill that will reduce air pollution and maximize funding and deployment of zero emission vehicles in California.  Now proceeding to the Governor’s desk for consideration, SB 372—also known as the “Cleaner and Greener Trucks” bill—will create an innovative state program that will design new financing tools to help owners of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles purchase cleaner zero-emission alternatives.

Sponsored by the Environmental Defense Fund, SB 372 will establish the Medium- and Heavy-Duty Zero Emission Vehicle Fleet Purchasing Assistance Program within the Air Quality Improvement Program at the California Air Resources Board. This program will be administered by the California Pollution Control Financing Authority and will make diverse financing tools and non-financial supports available to medium- and heavy-duty vehicle fleets in order to enable them to transition to zero-emission vehicles. If signed into law, SB 372 will also create a ‘one-stop shop’ in order to provide information about potential financing, grant options and technical assistance that is available to help obtain financing for these vehicles.

“Living in the Inland Empire, I have witnessed firsthand the air pollution caused by medium and heavy duty trucks traveling through the region.  I am proud to fight for this measure that will help truck fleets across our state transition to zero emissions,” Senator Leyva said.  “If we as a state are going to set goals for zero emissions, it is imperative that we develop the tools necessary to make zero emission alternatives more accessible so that we can help clean our air and protect the health of our families and communities.  I ask the Governor to sign SB 372 so that fleets of all types and sizes in California are able to more equitably take part in this transition to cleaner and greener trucks in our state.”

Responsible for about 35 percent of statewide nitrogen oxide emissions and approximately 26 percent of total statewide diesel particulate matter emissions, medium- and heavy-duty trucks and buses are a major source of air pollution in California.  These emissions hurt the health of Californians, particularly in underserved communities and disproportionately impacted populations.

“Our state’s commercial vehicles—everything from big semi-trucks and delivery vans, to city buses and garbage trucks—are transitioning to cleaner alternatives. Making it more affordable to get the dirtiest vehicles off the road will have an outsized impact on our state’s most vulnerable populations,” noted Michael Colvin (Director of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs, California Energy Program at Environmental Defense Fund.)

During its legislative journey, SB 372 has earned the support of dozens of community action, environmental, health, municipal utilities and other organizations, including Center for Community Action & Environmental Justice, Association of California Water Agencies, Calstart Inc., Coalition for Clean Air, Western State Hydrogen Alliance, Sierra Club California, Natural Resources Defense Council, Inland Empire Utilities Agency and California Municipal Utilities Association.