Motor carriers in Wisconsin interested in the installation of idling reduction equipment can receive grants from the state of Wisconsin's Diesel Truck Idling Reduction Grant Program.

The program reimburses trucking companies for 50 percent of the cost of an APU, and includes a set aside of $500,000 for small trucking companies. The Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association is encouraging its members to apply and offering assistance to complete applications if needed.

Through the grant program the state hopes to help truckers deal with escalating fuel costs. Recipients of a grant also will help the state monitor air quality improvements by providing pre-installation baseline data, followed by six- and 12-month reports.

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