California “Cash For Clunkers” Approved By Committee
Controversial Scrappage Bill Moves Step Closer to Law
Earlier this month, we reported on California Assembly Bill 1965, a “fleet modernization” bill designed to get more vehicles perceived as “gross polluters” off the road. The bill represents the latest step by state and federal authorities to increase overall fuel economy and reduce pollution of the national vehicle fleet. Although well-intended by authors and supporters, the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) claims such measures also have the unintended consequence of eliminating valuable vehicles and parts for hobbyists, restorers, and modifiers.
Like the federal “Cash for Clunkers” bill in 2009, the California bill calls for engine disablement through a chemical abrasive that seizes the engine, essentially making it unsalvageable. The bill has now moved a step closer to law by being approved by the assembly’s Appropriations Committee. The Appropriations Committee is somewhat more balanced than the original authors and sponsors of the bill, all whom were Democrats. The Appropriations Committee consists of 12 Democrats and 6 Republicans.
Although the bill is ostensibly only applicable to California, 13 other states have adopted California emissions standards, and many are emulating the state’s aggressive environmental agenda in the pursuit of cleaner air and lower emissions. SEMA has the contact information of the California Assembly Appropriations Committee members at its link here.
Source: Specialty Equipment Market Association