Salas Bill to Reduce Air Pollution Advances to Senate
AB 188 will replace older trucks with lower-emission vehicles
SACRAMENTO – The State Assembly has approved Assembly Bill (AB) 188, authored by Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield), with a 77-0 bipartisan vote. The bill makes light-duty trucks and mini-vans eligible under the state vehicle replacement program to help reduce air pollution and put cleaner vehicles on our roads.
“This bill was inspired by one of my Tune-in Tune-up events where we saw a clear demand to trade in older trucks for lower-emission vehicles. Unfortunately, many of those people were turned away,” said Assemblymember Salas. “AB 188 will help drivers replace high-polluting trucks with cleaner vehicles to improve air quality and reduce emissions. This makes sense for our environment and will benefit hardworking families.”
The Charge Ahead California Initiative, signed into law by Governor Brown, provides incentives that increase the availability of zero-emission vehicles and near-zero-emission vehicles, particularly in disadvantaged and low-and-moderate-income communities.
There is an increasing demand to replace older, high-polluting pickup trucks with more fuel-efficient light-duty trucks. However, the current fuel efficiency requirements of the Enhanced Fleet Modernization Program (EFMP) make even the most fuel-efficient light-duty truck models ineligible to qualify for vehicle retirement and replacement.
Under the EFMP and EFMP Plus-up pilot program, a qualified individual can trade in their high-polluting vehicle for a down payment on a fuel-efficient vehicle. The amount of the grant depends on an individual’s income level and the type of vehicle they purchase. The current EFMP Plus-up pilot program is in the San Joaquin Air Pollution Control District and South Coast Air Quality Management District.
In partnership with the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District and Valley Clean Air Now, Assemblymember Salas hosts several “Tune-in Tune-up” car clean-up events throughout the year. The event provides drivers who have owned their car for at least six months with a free vehicle emissions test. If the vehicle does not pass the test but can be repaired, the driver will receive a voucher for up to $500 in emission-related repairs. There are currently eligibility limitations on cars that qualify to be traded in for lower-emission vehicles.
AB 188 has advanced to the State Senate for a referral to committee.