SACRAMENTO, CAâ€” Assemblymember Eduardo Garciaâ€™s (D-Coachella) measure to increase clean vehicles and reduce emissions has successfully passed the Assembly and made its way to the Senate stated on a press release from Garciaâ€™s office.
In addition to our stateâ€™s 2030 climate targets, California is currently working to meet health-based air quality standards established by the Federal Clean Air Act. Failure to comply by 2023 jeopardizes our stateâ€™s federal transportation funding.
According to the press release, Assemblymember Garcia stated that â€œThe grim reality is that our most vulnerable populations, like those in my district are disproportionately affected by pollution,â€ stated Assemblymember Garcia. â€œCommunities of color and the economically disadvantaged along transportation corridors are left to face the dire health ramifications of poor air quality, such as cancer, asthma and other respiratory diseases.â€
Nearly 80% of smog forming pollutants in the South Coast and San Joaquin Valley Air Districts come from heavy-duty vehicles, e.g., trucks and buses.
AB 1073, California Clean Truck, Bus, and Off-Road Vehicle and Equipment Technology Program, aims to alleviate a majority of those pollutants by providing incentives for more zero- and near-zero-emission vehicles. Specifically, it would require the state board to allocate no less than 20% of available funding to support the early commercial deployment or existing zero- and near-zero-emission heavy-duty truck technology until January 1, 2023 said the release.
â€œThis is the next step for Californiaâ€™s climate leadership. Incentivizing the use of more clean fuel heavy duty trucks for goods movement will significantly reduce a major source of pollution,â€ exclaimed Assemblymember Garcia. â€œThis measure will help our state achieve our emission reduction, and long term climate goals while working to improve air quality to create a healthier California for future generations to enjoy.â€Â Stated Assemblymember Garcia in his press release.