TRALA-Supported AB 2737 Signed into Law
On August 29, 2022, California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) signed the TRALA-supported Assembly Bill (AB) 2737 into law.
The bill provides a legislative fix to AB 794, which created a grant program for fleet purchasers and individuals to purchase new short-haul and drayage vehicles so long as the purchaser met certain labor standards. Under the original language, AB 794 inadvertently left out truck rental and leasing companies from being eligible to receive incentives and grants for purchasing zero emission vehicles (ZEVs).
TRALA worked with its members and the California Trucking Association (CTA) on a clean-up bill that would allow rental and leasing companies to gain access to the grants. Due to the labor aspect of AB 794, TRALA and its allies had to negotiate with the Teamsters and state legislators on the clean-up bill and successfully reached an agreement on the language included in AB 2737. Upon reaching an agreement, TRALA sent multiple letters in support of AB 2737 which were circulated among members of the California legislature, resulting in the bill's swift passage in the legislature, and later to Governor Newsom that urged him to sign the bill into law.
TRALA applauds the state legislature for recognizing the importance of allowing rental and leasing companies access to the ZEV incentives and grants, especially since California has been the most progressive in developing rules and regulations geared towards increasing the purchases for zero emission trucks. TRALA would like to thank CTA for their leadership in helping to reach a consensus amongst all parties.
You may view AB 2737 in its entirety by clicking here.
You may view TRALA's letter to Governor Newsom by clicking here.
If you have any questions or need additional information, please don't hesitate to contact TRALA's Elizabeth Hyers at email@example.com.