That’s right. Get money for tossing in your old tanker. It’s true that older cars and trucks release more harmful emissions into the atmosphere than newer cars and trucks. It’s also widely known that Texas has a poor track record for pollution and smog created by mass transit vehicles – all our cars. According to an article on The Dallas Morning News website:
The state should begin taking applications next week for a program that offers vouchers of up to $3,500 to get old, polluting cars and trucks off the road…The state has $100 million for the program, mostly collected over the last several years from higher vehicle inspection fees in noncompliant counties. In return for getting up to 40,000 old cars and trucks off the road through the program, Texas will get clean-air credits from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that could help the state meet clean-air standards.
So, how does it work? Well, the article also says that,
Any gas-powered car or truck at least 10 years old â€“ meaning a model year of 1997 or older â€“ is eligible. The vehicle must have been registered in an area county for at least 12 months before the voucher application, and it must have passed an inspection or emissions test within the last 15 months. Almost all area counties are eligible…Participants must also meet income standards since the program is aimed largely at low-income residents who have no choice but to drive older vehicles, which typically emit 10 to 30 times as much pollution as new vehicles.Annual income limits start at $30,630 for an individual.The program is intended mostly for counties in the Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston areas that are not in compliance with federal clean-air standards.
Oh, but did we mention North Central Texas Council of Governments has also restricted it to certain counties and put a $25,000 limit on the new car you buy?
Residents of the Dallas-Fort Worth nonattainment counties (Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, and Tarrant) may be eligible to receive vouchers for $3,000 toward the purchase of a newer car or truck and $3,500 toward a hybrid vehicle from participating auto dealers. Up to $600 for repair assistance is available.
Worried about creating more “waste” by ditching your dusty wheels? Don’t worry… much… when you get money for the car, the dealers are reimbursed for the voucher, but only after they have disposed of the cars through an approved salvage facility. If you are, or will be looking for a new car and yours is a 1997 model or older, check out the list of eligible replacement cars or trucks, participating dealers, English/Spanish applications and more at AirCheck Texas site. Hopefully, this program will allow people to not only make fewer emissions with a newer car but will also encourage people to think about getting a hybrid modeled car.
Updated: We’ve had a few questions about how to apply for the program, so here’s some more information about the program. To find out if your car qualified, contact the “Drive a Clean Machine” program administrator in your region.