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California Proposes to Enhance Vehicle Scrappage Program

Participants would receive $1,000 per vehicle or $1,500 per vehicle if they meet low-income requirements.  The proposal would also establish a pilot voucher program in the South Coast and San Joaquin Valley air basins that targets the highest-emitting vehicles and requires their replacement with newer, cleaner vehicles. The local air districts would work with the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) to determine vehicle eligibility and low-income status. Once approved, the districts would provide the applicant a Letter of Eligibility from BAR and a redeemable voucher. Consumers would retire their vehicle at a participating dismantler, receiving an immediate compensation of $1,000 - $1,500 for vehicle retirement. Consumers could then redeem their voucher at participating car dealerships toward the purchase of a replacement vehicle. CARB is proposing that the voucher compensation be $2,000 or $2,500 per vehicle depending on income level.   

CARB will conduct a public hearing to consider adoption of the proposed Enhanced Fleet Modernization Program Regulation (Car Scrap).

DATE:  June 25-26, 2009
TIME:   9:00 a.m.
PLACE:  California Environmental Protection Agency
Air Resources Board, Byron Sher Auditorium
1001 I Street
Sacramento, California 95814

This item will be considered at a two-day meeting of the Board, which will commence at 9:00 a.m., June 25, 2009, and may continue at 8:30 a.m., on June 26, 2009. This item may not be considered until June 26, 2009.

Comments to the proposal are due June 24.  To read the full proposal, go to:

Written comments must be received no later than 12:00 noon, Pacific Standard Time, June 24, 2009, and addressed to the following: (updated link): http://www.arb.ca.gov/regact/2009/carscrap09/carscrapisor.pdf

Clerk of the Board, Air Resources Board
1001 I Street
Sacramento, California 95814

Electronic submittal: http://www.arb.ca.gov/lispub/comm/bclist.php
Fax submittal: (916) 322-3928
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