Frequently Asked Questions

What is the NYC Clean Trucks Program?

The NYC Clean Trucks Program is a rebate incentive funding program aimed to reduce diesel exhaust emissions by replacing older, heavy polluting diesel trucks with new all-electric, or EPA emission compliant alternative fueled (compressed natural gas, diesel-electric hybrid, plug-in diesel-electric hybrid) and diesel trucks. The NYC Clean Trucks Program is a unique and exciting environmental initiative offered by the New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) to promote sustainable transportation and a cleaner environment in New York City. The NYC Clean Trucks Program targets the movement of goods and commercial truck owners and operators, serving the program-approved New York City Industrial Business Zones (IBZs), with attractive rebate incentive funding for the purchase of new all-electric or EPA emission compliant alternative fueled and diesel replacement trucks.

Trucks eligible for rebate incentives include:

  • Class 4 to Class 8 diesel fueled goods movement and commercial trucks with 1992 through 2009 model year engines.
  • Class 8 diesel fueled local goods movement and port drayage trucks with 1992 through 2009 model year engines.
  • Trucks proposed for replacement must be owned by the applicant and registered within the nine-county New York Metropolitan Area (Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk and Westchester)for at least the previous 24 months.
  • The truck to be replaced must have proof of insurance for the previous 12 months.
  • The truck to be replaced must have been operated for at least 5,000 miles annually over the previous 24 months.
  • Truck owners must certify that the truck to be replaced is functional and was not intended to be taken out of service.
  • Trucks proposed for replacement must be relinquished and scrapped upon delivery of the replacement truck.

New Replacement Trucks

  • Replacement trucks must be new all-electric, alternative fueled (compressed natural gas, diesel-electric hybrid, plug-in diesel-electric hybrid) or diesel fueled.
  • Replacement trucks must have an engine model year (EMY) equal to the delivery date calendar year, one calendar year newer, or one calendar year older. For example, for a 2020 delivery date calendar year, eligible replacement truck EMYs would include 2019, 2020 and 2021.
  • Replacement trucks must perform the same function (vocation) and have similar or lower horsepower as the diesel-powered truck being replaced.
  • Class 8 trucks must be replaced with a Class 8 truck.
  • Class 4 to Class 7 trucks must be replaced with the same or one weight class lower truck (e.g., a Class 6 truck can be replaced by either a Class 5 or Class 6 truck). Class 3 trucks are not eligible replacement trucks.
  • Be registered (on-road) in the nine-county New York Metropolitan Area (Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk and Westchester).
  • Be operated within 0.5 miles of the NYC Clean Trucks Program approved IBZs at least two (2) times per week.
  • Operate such that at least 70% of the total vehicle miles traveled (VMT) occurs within the Tri-State area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
  • Use AVL/GPS installation and reporting for the duration if the five (5) year program to demonstrate operational compliance with program VMT requirements.
  • Incorporate Vision Zero Vehicle Safety Enhancements.
Why was the NYC Clean Trucks Program created?

The NYC Clean Trucks Program was created to replace older, heavy polluting diesel trucks with newer and more environmentally friendly trucks. The overall goal is to reduce diesel pollution and improve air quality and public health.

What is rebate incentive funding?

Rebate incentive funding reduces the purchase price of a new truck for fleets to switch to technologies that are cleaner, better for the environmental health of NYC, and are more cost effective. A rebate incentive is awarded after an applicant purchases an eligible new truck from a vendor/dealership qualified to sell that truck through the Program.

  • Rebate incentive funding amounts will be distributed to the participating contractor/dealership after the new replacement truck is delivered to the applicant.
  • There is no obligation to pay back the rebate incentive funding if the qualifying applicant remains in compliance with the NYC Clean Trucks Program use and reporting requirements throughout the program commitment.
  • There is a five (5) year program commitment for new truck replacements.
What are the eligibility criteria to apply for and receive rebate incentive funding through the NYC Clean Trucks Program?

NYC Clean Trucks Program participants must:

  • Currently own a Class 4 to Class 8 diesel truck equipped with a 1992 to 2009 Engine Model Year and must provide proof of service to one or more of the program-approved Industrial Business Zones (IBZs) for the previous 24 months.
  • Trucks proposed for replacement must have been owned by the applicant and registered within the nine-county New York Metropolitan Area (Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk and Westchester) for at least the previous 24 months.
  • The truck to be replaced must have been operated for at least 5,000 miles annually for the previous 24 months.
  • Truck owners must certify that the truck to be replaced is functional and was was not intended to be taken out of service.
  • The truck to be replaced must be relinquished and scrapped upon delivery of the replacement truck.
  • Commit to meet and comply with the use and reporting requirements for five (5) years from the date of delivery of the replacement truck.
  • Vision Zero Vehicle Safety Enhancements are required to be installed and maintained on each replacement truck.
  • The replacement truck must be located in or regularly operate within 0.5 miles of the program-approved IBZs.
  • The replacement truck must operate 70% of the total vehicle miles traveled within the Tri-State area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut (green areas in figure below), and must operate within the program-approved IBZs at least two (2) times per week for five (5) years.
  • Leased replacement trucks are eligible for rebate incentive funding provided the lease has a term of no less than five (5) years. Lessee must agree to meet all NYC Clean Trucks Program use and reporting requirements.

What are Vision Zero Vehicle Safety Enhancements?

In February 2014, Mayor de Blasio released the Vision Zero Action Plan. The plan includes initiatives to improve vehicle, cyclist, and pedestrian safety on city streets. In support of increasing safety, the NYC Clean Trucks Program embraces this important initiative. Vehicle Safety Enhancements are required to be installed and maintained on each replacement truck. Only vehicles properly equipped with the following Vehicle Safety Enhancements are eligible to participate:

  • Side mirrors with a split mirror design.
  • Cross-over mirrors.
  • Passenger door down view mirror.
  • A backup alert system. The backup alert system must consist of one or more of the following: audible alert; visual alert; or radar detection.
  • Side guards. The side guard can be either a rail or panel design and must comply with the recommended schematic prepared by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Volpe Center, the National Transportation Systems Center.
  • Participant shall repair or replace vehicle safety enhancements and side guards that become inoperable or ineffective.
  • Vehicle Safety Enhancements that cannot be installed due to truck feature configurations (e.g., cab over configurations do not need cross-over mirrors) must be noted and approved by the Program Administrator.
Is it possible to change truck class sizes when replacing the old diesel truck with a new truck?
  • The replacement truck must perform the same function (vocation) as the diesel-fueled truck being replaced and have similar or lower horsepower as the truck being replaced.
  • Class 8 qualifying trucks must be replaced with a Class 8 replacement truck.
  • Class 4 to Class 7 qualifying trucks must be replaced with the same weight class truck or one weight class lower truck (i.e., a Class 6 truck can be replaced with a Class 5 or Class 6 truck).
  • Class 3 trucks are not eligible replacement trucks.
Are the NYC Clean Trucks Program participants subject to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Buy America Provision?

The NYC Clean Trucks Program incentive funds are made available through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) under the Volkswagen Diesel Emission Environmental Mitigation Trust Agreement for State Beneficiaries, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia (VW Trust). Under this current funding, the Buy America Provision is not applicable.

How much rebate incentive funding is available through the NYC Clean Trucks Program per qualified applicant?

Rebate incentive funding for all-electric, or EPA emission compliant alternative fueled (compressed natural gas, diesel-electric hybrid, plug-in diesel-electric hybrid) and diesel replacement trucks varies from $12,000 to $185,000. The rebate incentive funding offered is dependent on the replacement truck fuel type and Class size.

To learn more, view the Available Funding Page on the NYC Clean Trucks Program website.

Is there a limit on the number of diesel trucks an applicant can receive funding for?

Small fleets with fourteen (14) or fewer diesel-powered Class 4 to Class 8 trucks registered within the nine-county New York Metropolitan Area (Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk and Westchester) for at least the previous 24 months, may receive funding for up to three (3) diesel replacement trucks. Small fleets must purchase an eligible, all-electric truck to purchase any additional diesel trucks (up to three).

Fleets with fifteen (15) or more diesel-powered Class 4 to Class 8 trucks registered within the nine-county New York Metropolitan Area (Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk and Westchester) for at least the previous 24 months, may NOT receive funding for diesel replacement trucks. These fleets will qualify for new alternative fueled (i.e., all-electric, CNG, diesel-electric hybrid, plug-in diesel-electric hybrid) trucks.

What is a “new” truck?

A truck constructed entirely from new parts that has never been the subject of a retail sale, nor registered with New York State, or registered with the appropriate agency or authority of any other state, District of Columbia, territory or possession of the United States, or foreign, state, province, or country.

Can NYC Clean Trucks Program funds be combined with other grant funds? Is co-funding or grant staking allowed?

Any and all government (federal, state, or local) funding to be used toward the purchase of the replacement truck must be disclosed. The ability to use other grant funds in combination with the NYC Clean Trucks Program rebate incentives will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. However, funds from New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA’s) New York Truck – Voucher Incentive Program (NYT-VIP) cannot be combined with NYC Clean Trucks Program funds. In no case shall the combined NYC Clean Trucks Program and other governmental funding exceed 100% of the eligible replacement truck incremental cost. Incremental cost is defined as the difference between the cost of a new diesel-fueled truck and an equivalent new alternative fueled (i.e., all-electric, CNG, diesel-electric hybrid, plug-in diesel-electric hybrid) truck.

How long is the NYC Clean Trucks Program application process from start to finish?

The time frame between application submission and the rebate incentive award is dependent on each applicant. The process timeline varies depending on when the application is complete, and when the new replacement truck is available for delivery.

For compliance with regular operation in the NYC Clean Trucks Program-approved IBZs in New York City, how is the requirement of annual vehicle miles traveled determined?

For compliance with regular operation within 0.5 miles of approved IBZs, the replacement truck must commit to five (5) years. These trucks must meet and maintain 70% of their total vehicle miles traveled within the Tri-State area of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut state geographic boundaries, and must operate within the Program approved IBZs at least two (2) times per week each year of their program commitment.

The replacement truck is required to be tracked with an automatic vehicle locator (AVL) for vehicle use and reporting compliance. If a truck is not meeting the compliance requirements listed above, the Participant with the replacement truck will be notified in order to remedy the situation. If at the end of their annual year, the replacement truck is out of NYC Clean Trucks Program vehicle miles traveled compliance, then the Participant is subject to default with the following options:

  • The Participant is required to repay 20 % of their rebate incentive to the NYC DOT for the prior annual year and the Participant is to continue operating the replacement truck within the guidelines of the NYC Clean Trucks Program, or
  • The Participant is required to repay 100 % of their rebate incentive to the NYC DOT and the Participant will be removed from the NYC Clean Trucks Program.
  • If the Participant chooses to be removed from the NYC Clean Trucks Program they would be required to repay a portion of the rebate incentive to the NYC DOT in the amounts specified below based on the years remaining in the Program:
    • 100%, if occurring within the first annual period from date of replacement truck delivery;
    • 80%, if occurring within the second annual period from the date of replacement truck delivery;
    • 60%, if occurring within the third annual period from the date of replacement truck delivery;
    • 40%, if occurring within the fourth annual period from the date of replacement truck delivery and
    • 20%, if occurring within the fifth annual period from the date of replacement truck delivery.
What does the NYC Clean Trucks Program define as the program-approved IBZs?

The NYC Clean Trucks Program defines the program-approved IBZs in New York City based on published information through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) under the Volkswagen Diesel Emission Environmental Mitigation Trust Agreement for State Beneficiaries, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia (VW Trust). The IBZ boundaries are determined by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC). Below is the list of program-approved IBZs participating in the NYC Clean Trucks Program.

  • Bathgate IBZ, Bronx
  • Eastchester IBZ, Bronx
  • Hunts Point IBZ, Bronx
  • Port Morris, IBZ, Bronx
  • Zerega IBX, Bronx
  • Brooklyn Navy Yard IBZ, Brooklyn
  • East New York IBZ, Brooklyn
  • Flatlands Fairfield IBZ, Brooklyn
  • Greenpoint Williamsburg IBZ, Brooklyn
  • North Brooklyn IBZ, Brooklyn
  • Southwest Brooklyn IBZ, Brooklyn
  • Jamaica IBZ, Queens
  • JFK IBZ, Queens
  • LIC IBZ, Queens
  • Maspeth IBZ, Queens
  • Ridgewood IBZ, Queens
  • Steinway IBZ, Queens
  • Woodside IBZ, Queens
  • North Shore IBZ, Staten Island
  • Westshore IBZ, Staten Island
How can I obtain a Rebate Incentive Funding Application?

Download an application now. You may also send an to email nycctp@tetratech.com or call 877-310-2733 to request a Rebate Incentive Funding Application.

How can I be notified about upcoming events?

To be notified about upcoming events, please email nycctp@tetratech.com or call 877-310-2733.

Can I see the presentations from a past event?

Presentations from past events are available on the Program Media page.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

If you have questions or need assistance with the rebate incentive application or vehicle technologies available, please email nycctp@tetratech.com or call 877-310-2733.

Where can I go to look for a replacement truck?

Program participants are welcome to work with any of the NYC Clean Trucks Program-approved vendors. A list of approved vendors can be found on the Participating Vendors page. If you have a preferred vendor that you already have an existing relationship with and would like to go through that entity to participate in the NYC Clean Trucks Program, please contact us and we will work with your vendor on qualifying them to participate in the program. You may call us at 877-310-2733 or or email nycctp@tetratech.com.

How can a vendor become part of the Vendor Network?

The Vendor Network is a contact database of truck dealerships, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), scrap yards, and side guard vendors that have been approved by the NYC Clean Trucks Program team to participate as vendors in the program. To become a member of the Vendor Network call 877-310-2733 or email nycctp@tetratech.com.

What is the phone number, email address and mailing address for the NYC Clean Trucks Program?

Phone Number:
877-310-2733

Email Address:

nycctp@tetratech.com

Mailing Address:
NYCCTP c/o Tetra Tech, Inc.
249 Ocean Blvd., Suite 325
Long Beach, CA, 90802

Does the NYC Clean Trucks Program have a center where I can receive in-person one-on-one assistance?

The NYC Clean Trucks Program offers a variety of options to ensure applicants receive the appropriate support needed throughout the application process. In addition to the toll-free helpline (877-310-2733), email address (nycctp@tetratech.com), and comprehensive website (www.nycctp.com), the NYC Clean Trucks Program hosts events where truck owners can receive in-person one-on-one assistance.

The NYC Clean Trucks Program also offers assistance to groups looking to host a workshop with five (5) fleets or more. For more information on how to receive in-person one-on-one, please contact us.