Voucher Incentive Program

NEW!  The South Coast Air Quality Management District On-Road Voucher Incentive Program (VIP) is now accepting applications for the 2017 Program Year. 

VIP Overview:

The VIP is a streamlined approach to reduce emissions by replacing old, high-polluting vehicles with newer, lower-emission vehicles, or by installing a retrofit device. 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 retrofitting Engine Model Years 2006 and older or by replacing Engine Model Years 2006 and older with Model Years 2007 (or newer) emissions compliant models. The VIP is implemented by SCAQMD through contractual agreements with Dealers, Dismantlers, and Retrofit Installers. The Dealers/Retrofit Installers will apply to the 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 or retrofit device by the Dealer or Retrofit Installer, respectively.

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. Similarly, applicants interested in retrofitting their truck must purchase their retrofit device through an SCAQMD-approved VIP Participating Retrofit Installer who has completed the required training for the VIP.  A current list of SCAQMD approved Dealerships and Retrofit Installers 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 non-drayage fleets (10 or fewer trucks)
  • Maximum of $45K available per truck for replacements and up to $10K for retrofits.
  • No contract required between applicant and SCAQMD 

Additional Information (Current as of December 28, 2016):

VIP Guidelines (PDF, 657kb)

On-Road VIP Funding Matrices (In Operation by December 31, 2017):
a) Retrofits (Appendix “O”) (PDF, 172kb)
b) Truck Replacements (Appendix “P”) (PDF, 224kb)

SCAQMD VIP Application (PDF, 532kb) 
(all applications submitted must include originals plus one copy)

SCAQMD VIP Dealer Certification Form (PDF, 24kb)

SCAQMD Approved VIP Dealerships (PDF, 72kb) (current list as of February 19, 2016)

SCAQMD Approved VIP Dismantlers (PDF, 18kb) (current list as of July 1, 2016)

SCAQMD Approved VIP Retrofit Installers (PDF, 16kb) (current list as of February  19, 2016)

Requirements for the VIP (Replacement Projects) include, but are not limited to the following:

Existing Vehicle Requirements Replacement Vehicle Requirements
Engine must be MY 2006 or older (Diesel-Fueled Only) 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:
  1. New/Used Replacement – (0.20 g/bhp-hr NOx and 0.01 g/bhp-hr PM or cleaner) – Only Non-FEL
  2. New/Used Replacement – (0.50 g/bhp-hr NOx and 0.01 g/bhp-hr PM or cleaner) – FEL
  3. Used Replacement – (1.20 g/bhp-hr NOx and 0.01 g/bhp-hr PM or cleaner ) – FEL or 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 “P” 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"  

Requirements for the VIP (Retrofit Projects) include, but are not limited to the following:

Existing Vehicle Requirements
Eligible Engine Model Years: 2006 and older (Diesel-Fueled Only)
Vehicles with an engine certified with a diesel particulate filter by the engine manufacturer are not eligible for funding.
Limited to fleet sizes of 10 or fewer (Refer to Appendix “O” for funding matrix)
Retrofit funding is available for compliant fleets of 1 to 10 trucks  (GVWR>14,000 lbs).
Owned by applicant previous 24 months
Retrofit project vehicles may have an active lien-holder
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)
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
Air Quality Specialist
Science and Technology Advancement
Phone: 909-396-3260
Email: anikravan@aqmd.gov