Cooper Introduces Bill to Expand Clean Vehicle Eligibility, Improve Air Quality
Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D - Elk Grove) introduced legislation yesterday that would expand eligibility for removal of older high polluting cars with more fuel efficient ones.
Assembly Bill would provide financial incentives for low-income individuals to replace their old, high-polluting, and less reliable vehicles with newer, cleaner, and more dependable vehicles. AB 1965 directs the California Air Resources Board to expand the Enhanced Fleet Modernization Program (EFMP) Plus-Up.
Currently, EFMP Plus-Up is only available in two out of 35 air districts in California. AB 1965 will expand the program to regions with poor air quality and large populations in disadvantaged communities.
“By expanding the EFMP Plus-Up, we can help combat climate change and reduce air pollution in our most vulnerable communities. California is home to five-times the national average of cars over 20-years old,” Cooper said. “AB 1965 will help get clunkers off the roads, while improving air quality and providing more reliable means of transportation for low-income individuals.”
Although the bill does not specially identify specific districts, according to a representative from Cooper's office the Sacramento metropolitan air quality management district, qualifies. The program is already in effect in The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District as one of two districts in the state.
Additionally, the bill requires improved coordination, integration, and partnerships with other state programs that target disadvantaged communities, including energy efficiency incentives. AB 1965 is sponsored by Valley Clean Air Now and will be heard by the Legislature in the coming months.