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April 14, 2010 > Air District approves $1.2M for Vehicle Buy Back program

Air District approves $1.2M for Vehicle Buy Back program

Submitted By Ralph Borrmann

To reduce harmful air pollution from vehicle exhausts, the Board of Directors of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), the regional agency chartered with protecting air quality in the Bay Area, has authorized $1.2M to fund the extension of the Vehicle Buy Back Program for Bay Area residents.

"Pollution from automobiles is responsible for more than half of our air pollution in the Bay Area," said Jack Broadbent, the Air District's executive officer. "The Vehicle Buy Back Program is a cost-effective way to take big polluters off the road. It's an investment in cleaner air that pays immediate dividends."

This voluntary program offers $1,000 to owners of older, higher-emitting cars and light trucks to voluntarily retire their vehicles. Older vehicles lack modern emission-control technology and pollute significantly more than newer models.

Since 1996, the Vehicle Buy Back Program has retired more than 49,400 cars and trucks. For each vehicle removed from Bay Area roads, an estimated 75 pounds of air pollutants are eliminated from emission into the air annually.

Air pollutants reduced by the Vehicle Buy Back Program include fine particulates and ozone precursors - the main ingredients in smog. These pollutants contribute to respiratory diseases and increased mortality rates.

The program requires the vehicle to be a 1989 model year or older, currently registered as operable and able to be driven, have been registered in the Bay Area for the past 24 months and vehicles within 60 days of a required smog check must take and pass their smog check. These are just several of the requirements.

Interested individuals can call 1-888-690-CASH (690-2274) toll-free for the names and phone numbers of the local auto dismantlers to determine if their vehicle qualifies.

For general information about the Vehicle Buy Back Program, visit

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