The Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District (SMAQMD) in coordination with the Sacramento Area Council of Governments has adopted new SECAT Guidelines to promote advanced technology vehicles.
2018 SECAT Guidelines
These newly approved guidelines eliminate the ability to receive funding to purchase conventional diesel trucks with funding only available for advanced technology vehicles. Parties interested in advanced technology vehicles are encouraged to apply under the new SECAT Guidelines.
Owners are encouraged to fill out the online application form or download, complete, print, and mail an application form or contact a local truck dealer for more information. If you have questions regarding the SECAT guidelines, please contact Kristian Damkier or Patrick Robinson using the links below.
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Applications can be delivered to the Sacramento Metropolitan AQMD front desk at:
Sacramento Metropolitan AQMD 777 12th St, 3rd Floor Sacramento, CA 95814
Incomplete applications will be rejected, so please ensure that you have all application materials before you apply. We anticipate a very high demand for funding and will be unable to hold applications missing documentation.
All applicants must submit the original signed documents listed below during an open application period. Submitting the required information does not guarantee that the application will be approved, but is necessary for the review process to be completed. Applicants must submit one (1) main application per business entity and at least one (1) vehicle application per vehicle. If you are turning in multiple old vehicles, please submit the 2-for-1 Application for the second old vehicle.
All applicants must be compliant with the California Air Resources Board Truck & Bus Regulation prior to applying for SECAT grant funds. Applicants may be subject to additional rules and regulations for heavy-duty diesel vehicles. Staff will evaluate each application to determine if the purchase is required under the applicable regulation, and applicants will need to demonstrate surplus emission reductions through 2018 to qualify for SECAT funding.
Currently, the SECAT Program provides grant funds to replace on-road heavy-duty diesel vehicles that have
2006 and older model year engines with diesel particulate filter (DPF) retrofits or other limited exempt vehicles with cleaner emission vehicles. The amount of incentive funds awarded per truck depends on several factors, including the potential surplus emission reductions of the replacement vehicle operating within the SFNA. The SECAT Program will fund the minimum of the following:
For more information, see the Summary of Program Requirements listed above or the current SECAT Guidelines.
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All program participants must report their miles or hours of use for each vehicle they have under contract with the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District (SMAQMD) on an annual basis. Each year the SMAQMD will send out an equipment usage survey form to all current contract holders. The form needs to be filled out completely and returned to the SMAQMD.
You are required to keep a working odometer on your vehicle at all times during the life of your contract. If your odometer breaks or you replace it for any reason, we will need to know the following information:
Without this information we will not be able to accurately calculate the number of miles you have driven your vehicle. This could impact your compliance status when we evaluate your contracted mileage commitment.
All program participants must track their miles of use within the Sacramento Federal Non-Attainment Area (SFNA) for each vehicle they have under a SECAT contract. This should be done throughout the life of the contract. Having these records available and up to date will make an audit of your records, if required, go more smoothly.
To facilitate this requirement, you may reference the
sample mileage tracking log as an example of the information we will be looking for. If you choose to use a different format to track your mileage, it must contain at a minimum all of the information listed below (also found on the sample form):
If you have any questions on how to track vehicle use in the SFNA or have questions about whether or not your current tracking system is adequate, please contact Jaime Lemus at (916) 874-2911 or
Audit inspections are performed throughout each year for various reasons. If we do not receive annual usage information as requested we will automatically schedule an audit inspection of your vehicle. We also randomly select a certain percentage of vehicles for audit inspections every year. If you are in the last year of your contract and are not meeting your usage requirements we may also need to inspect your vehicle.
An inspector will call and arrange an inspection location and time with a participant that requires an audit inspection of their vehicle. A typical inspection lasts 15-30 minutes during which time the inspector will take photographs of the vehicle and the odometer. An inspector may also request records to confirm mileage driven within the Sacramento Federal Non-Attainment Area (SFNA).
See Mileage Tracking Requirements for more information.
Existing SECAT participants who do not foresee being able to complete the terms of their SECAT contract should contact the SECAT Program to explore compliance options. Typical compliance options include the following:
NOTE: for all listed options listed above, it is imperative that the participant contact District staff to assure proper handling of the reimbursement or vehicle transfer/sale process. Please call Jaime Lemus at (916) 874-2911 or Mike Neuenburg at (916) 874-1676 for further assistance with these and other compliance issues.
California Air Resources Board Truck & Bus Regulation
US EPA SmartWay
Sacramento Area Council of Governments