Some public and private schools may have school buses eligible for Maine’s Volkswagen (VW) settlement allocation. The U.S. District Court in Northern California approved a partial consent decree to settle allegations that VW had installed defective devices on 2.0 and 3.0-liter diesel vehicles sold or leased in the United States. Maine’s VW settlement allocation totals just over $21 million dollars. Individuals and entities that have an interest in applying for Maine VW Environmental Mitigation Settlement funds are encouraged to submit a completed application.
- Round 2 application open date is September 16, 2019.
- Round 2 application close date is November 15, 2019.
- Results are expected around January 2, 2020.
- Vehicles being replaced must be in operation and planned to be in operation. Vehicles not in service will not be considered.
- Eligible school buses include 2009 engine model year or older and class 4 school buses.
- Decision criteria are included in the application.
- Applicants for funding must use the fillable application form available at: https://www1.maine.gov/mdot/vw/application/
- Maine anticipates several application rounds for competitive Appendix D-2 qualifying actions. Approximately $3 million is expected to be distributed to qualifying proponents during round 2; however, the State of Maine reserves the option to adjust the total distribution based on applications received.
Maine Department of Transportation (DOT) is the lead State agency for Maine’s VW settlement. If you have any questions, please contact Maine Department of Transportation’s David Gardiner by email at David.Gardiner@maine.gov , or visit Maine’s VW settlement website: http://www.maine.gov/mdot/vw/ for more information.