S.C. ports authority doubles financial incentive for truckers who replace older rigs

A State Ports Authority study found that about 2 percent of the trucks that frequent the Port of Charleston predate 1994. Replacing those with 2004 or newer rigs could cut emissions by about 60 percent, according to federal estimates (Wade Spees/Staff/File)  

The State Ports Authority is doubling the cash incentive it offers truckers who upgrade their pre-1994 rigs to newer models that don’t pollute as much.

Drivers can now qualify for a $10,000 subsidy, plus the scrap value of their existing vehicle, the SPA said. The incentive money must be applied toward the purchase of a truck made in 2004 or later.

The SPA said a mobile office is being set up at its Wando Welch Terminal in Mount Pleasant to promote the benefits of the Seaport Truck Air Cleanup Southeast initiative. It will be open each Tuesday from 9 a.m.-noon starting April 24.

The voluntary vehicle replacement program was launched last fall. The incentive is offered through the SPA and the state Department of Health and Environmental Control with a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency.