DE-PA Dray Truck Replacement Program

February 25, 2019


Project Summary

The port communities of Wilmington, Delaware and Philadelphia face some of the most severe air quality problems in the nation. Ground transportation of goods is a significant source of emissions that cause smog and other harmful air pollutants linked to multiple health and environmental problems. The EFC has partnered with the Mid-Atlantic Regional Air Management Association (MARAMA) to implement the Ports of Wilmington and Philadelphia (DE-PA) Dray Truck Replacement Program.  Funded by an U.S. Environmental Protection Agency DERA grant, the program aims to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gases associated with the transport of goods to and from the Ports of Wilmington, Delaware and Philadelphia.

The program provides a downpayment towards the purchase of a newer, cleaner Class 8 drayage truck. This voluntary program allows owner-operators and fleet owners to purchase a more emission-efficient vehicle with a  2013 or newer engine (MY 2014 or newer truck).


Eligible Applicants

  • Applicants must provide regular drayage truck services to either the Port of Wilmington, Delaware or Philadelphia. Proof of port service is required to participate in the program (see program application or FAQs for more details). 
  • Independent owner-operators (IOOs) and fleet owners may apply.
  • Applicants must have owned the truck for at least one year, according to the date on the title.
  • Eligible trucks to be replaced must meet the following criteria:  
    • Truck engines must be between 1997 and 2006 (truck MY 1998-2007);
    • Trucks must be Class 8 vehicles with a GVWR of 33,001 pounds or more; and
    • Trucks must be currently operational (not sitting), street legal (registered and insured), and used to transport cargo to/from a participating port.
  • Applicants must submit an application and provide copies of documentation verifying the make, model, engine serial number, engine family name, and year of truck in question.  Please download the program application below for specific application requirements.
  • Applicants must be in relatively good financial standing and be prepared to cover the remaining cost of the replacement truck.Note:  Some financial circumstances will prohibit some applicants from participating in this program.


Important Program Information

  • Completing an application and submitting supporting documentation does not guarantee grant funding under this program.
  • All completed applications will be considered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Only applications that are considered complete will move forward.
  • Enrolling in this program may take a considerable amount of your personal time and effort. The estimated time to complete all preliminary steps is approximately 2 to 3 hours. 
  • The program requires early replacment; therefore, trucks being replaced as part of normal fleet expansion are ineligible.
  • Any awarded grants will cover up to, but no more than, 50% of the replacement truck purchase price, or:
    • A maximum of $30,000 for a truck with engine MY 2015 or newer (MY 2016 or newer truck).
    • A maximum of $26,000 for a truck with engine MY 2013 OR 2014 (MY 2014 or 2015 truck).
  • After acceptance into the program, applicants must select a new truck from a list of program authorized truck dealers.
  • New equipment must be purchased and old equipment scrapped only when advised to do so by a MARAMA staff member. Any new truck purchased or old truck scrapped prior to MARAMA approval is ineligible for grant funding.


Mid-Atlantic Regional Air Management Association (MARAMA)


US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 

 Related Documents

♦ Program Application

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

♦ Locating the EPA Engine Family Name and Engine Specifications  

♦ Scrappage Demonstration Video

For more information about this program, please contact Medessa Burian at or 301.405.7371. For more information about other programs aimed at reducing diesel emissions, please visit the Mid-Atlantic Diesel Collaborative website HERE.