Clean air program encourages drivers to go green

Trade in your old truck and you could be eligible for a grant

Melbourne drivers could receive as much as $20,000 from the Victorian government as a part of a new sustainability initiative.

Applications for the Clean Air for the Inner West Grants Program officially opened last week, with drivers to be compensated if they recycle their pre Euro IV prime mover.

The grant amount returned to the driver will be equal to the value of their truck on the used truck market, with that amount determined by a panel of industry experts.

You could be eligible if:

  • You are a registered Australian Business
  • You own a pre-Euro IV prime mover truck
  • Your pre-Euro IV prime mover truck is registered in the state of Victoria
  • Your pre-Euro IV prime mover truck operated in Melbourne’s inner west at least once a week, and undertaken port-related transport movements in the last six months

The grant aims to get older, less sustainable trucks off the road and provide drivers with the ability to switch to greener alternatives.

State ports minister Melissa Horne says this will make Melbourne’s roads cleaner for the future.

“We promised we’d make air cleaner in Melbourne’s inner west and that’s what we’re doing: replacing emissions heavy old trucks and sealing roads to reduce dust pollution,” she says.

Environment minister Ingrid Stitt echoes these sentiments.

“Through this important package and the implementation of our Air Quality Strategy, we’re taking action to improve air quality and tackle pollution in the west,” she says.

Successful applicants will be responsible for the demolition of their own truck through one of the department of transport’s nominated metal recyclers.

This has to be organised within 60 days of signing and submitting a grant agreement. Payment will then be provided within 14 business days.

You can find out how to apply here:

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