Voucher Incentive Program

VIP Overview:

The VIP is a streamlined approach to reduce emissions by replacing old, high-polluting vehicles with newer, lower-emission vehicles. This program is limited to owners/operators with fleets of 10 or fewer vehicles that have been operating at least 75% (mileage-based) in California during the previous twenty four (24) months.

The goal of this program is to reduce emissions from in-use heavy-duty trucks in small fleets by replacing Engine Model Years 2009 and older with Engine Model Years 2013 (or newer) emissions compliant models. The VIP is implemented by SCAQMD through contractual agreements with Dealers and Dismantlers. The Dealers will apply to SCAQMD for the vouchers on behalf of the applicant. If approved, the voucher amount will be deducted from the total purchase price of the truck by the Dealer.

Applicants interested in replacing their truck must purchase their replacement truck through an SCAQMD-approved VIP Participating Dealership that has completed the required training for the VIP.  A current list of SCAQMD approved Dealerships and Dismantlers is included below. Additional updates to these lists will be posted on our webpage as they become available.


Program Highlights:

  • First-Come, First-Served Basis (no application deadline; open until funds are exhausted)
  • Rapid Response Time: Applicant is notified within 15 business days of submitting application for funding
  • Exclusively for small fleets (10 or fewer trucks)
  • Maximum of $60K available per truck for replacements
  • No contract required between applicant and SCAQMD
2018 VIP Brochure:

Additional Information (Revised as of December 28, 2017):

Requirements for the VIP include, but are not limited to the following:

Existing Vehicle Requirements Replacement Vehicle Requirements
Engine must be MY 2009 or older (Diesel or Alternative Fuel) Must be purchased from SCAQMD-approved VIP Participating Dealership
Applicant must be willing to scrap old vehicle New and Used vehicles qualify for funding based on following engine emission standards:

New/Used Replacement – (0.20 g/bhp-hr NOx and 0.01 g/bhp-hr PM or cleaner) – Only Non-FEL

Limited to fleet sizes of 10 or fewer New or Used Vehicle (HHD used vehicles must have less than 500,000 miles of operation, MHD used vehicles must have less than 250,000 miles of operation, and LHD used vehicles must have less than 150,000 miles of operation)
HHD eligible vehicles must have a manufacturer GVWR of 33,001 lbs or greater. MHD eligible vehicles must have a manufacturer GVWR of 19,501 through 33,000 lbs. LHD eligible vehicles must have a manufacturer GVWR of 14,001 to 19,500 lbs.  Refer to VIP Guidelines, Appendix “O” for applicable funding matrix. Replacement vehicle must be in the same weight class as the existing vehicle (either MHD or HHD). Replacement vehicle must be registered in California or in the California IRP.
Owned by applicant previous 24 months Vehicle Title must be "clean" (Must not have: a salvage title, been in an accident, or repaired for resale)
"Free and clear" vehicle title with owner/applicant listed on it Minimum of one year/ 100,000 mile major component engine warranty covering parts and labor
CA Registration Options: 1) Current and Past 24 Months of CA DMV Registration, or 2) CA DMV Registration for previous 8 consecutive months supplemented by alternate documentation showing CA operation for past 24 months. Both options require proof of insurance for past 24 months. (CA IRP is acceptable) No modifications of emission control systems
Engine specs must be verifiable through tag; if missing, manufacturer must verify specs  
Must have operated at least 75% of the time in California during each 12 month period for the previous 24 months.  
Must be in "Operational Condition"

More Information

Please contact the SCAQMD Project Officer:

Mr. Ashkaan Nikravan
Sr. Staff Specialist
Science and Technology Advancement
Phone: 909-396-3260

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