California “Cash for Clunkers” Approved by Assembly, Moves to Senate
SEMA Warns of Impact to Hobbyists, Restorers
In April, we reported on California’s controversial Assembly Bill 1965. or the so-called “fleet modernization” bill. aimed at taking vehicles 20 years or older deemed to be “gross polluters” by the state off the road. The bill’s authors estimate that approximately two million, or nine percent of the state’s 23 million vehicles are 20 years or older, a percentage that the authors claim is five times the national average.
The bill provides for cash incentives of between $1,000 and $2,500 for owners of vehicles more than 20 years old to bring their vehicles in for permanent disablement, like the federal “cash for clunkers” bill of 2009. The bill’s authors further claim that 10 to 15 percent of the vehicles on California’s roads are responsible for 50 percent of overall vehicle emissions.
The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) claims that most of the vehicles targeted by this bill are second or third vehicles and not driven on a regular basis and therefore not major contributors to air pollution. If passed into law, the bill would make salvage engines more expensive and harder to find, due to the disablement provisions, which require the engine of a vehicle traded under the program to be destroyed. You can read the current version of the bill here and contact the California Senate Transportation and Housing Committee Members here.
Source: SEMA Action Network