Governor Signs Assemblymember Salas' Bill to Reduce Air Pollution

Monday, October 2, 2017

AB 188 expands state vehicle retirement program for light-duty trucks

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assembly Bill (AB) 188, authored by Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield), was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown.  The bill requires the California Air Resources Board (ARB) to make older, high-polluting pickup trucks eligible for replacement under the state vehicle retirement and replacement program.

“I want to thank the governor for signing this bill, which developed from local Tune-in Tune-up events where we saw a clear demand to trade in older trucks for lower-emission vehicles,” said Assemblymember Salas.  “This is going to help drivers replace high-polluting trucks with cleaner vehicles to improve air quality and reduce emissions. It makes sense for our environment and will benefit hardworking families.”

Under the ARB’s Enhanced Fleet Modernization Program (EFMP), qualified individuals can scrap their older vehicle in exchange for a down payment on a newer more fuel-efficient vehicle. However, the current fuel efficiency requirements of the EFMP program make even the most fuel-efficient light-duty truck models ineligible through EFMP.

AB 188 requires the ARB, no later than July 1, 2019, to update EFMP guidelines to allow light-duty trucks to qualify as replacement vehicles under the program, provided that the vehicles meet the program's fuel efficiency standard for minivans.  According to the ARB, all light-duty trucks and minivans are required to meet the same emission standards. 

“Valley CAN appreciates the leadership that Assemblymember Salas has shown in recognizing an unmet need for the Valley, and then solving it,” said Tom Knox, Executive Director of Valley Clean Air Now (Valley CAN). “AB 188 provides direct help for Valley residents to get out of their older pickup trucks and into a newer, cleaner, more reliable pickup.  This is a win-win for Valley drivers and the environment.”

The ARB estimates there are roughly 6 million light-duty trucks in the current vehicle fleet.

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Assemblymember Salas represents part of the City of Bakersfield, the cities of Arvin, Avenal, Corcoran, Delano, Hanford, Lemoore, McFarland, Shafter, Wasco, and the communities of Armona, Buttonwillow, Home Garden, Kettleman City, Lamont, Lost Hills, Stratford and Weedpatch.