New bill would offer cash for clunkers


    A new bill could incentivize Utahns with older cars to get them off the roads. (Photo: KUTV)

    A new bill could incentivize Utahns with older cars to get them off the roads.

    It’s being sponsored by District 51 Rep. Jeff Stenquist. The goal is to help clean up our air.

    We are specifically talking about Tier Zero and Tier 1 cars — which generally means those 2002 and older. The vehicle must also have failed an emissions test.

    Stenquist says getting one of those cars off the road can be equal in terms of pollution to what 20 or even 30 other vehicles emit collectively.

    He adds that vehicles account for 42 percent of total emissions in Utah — but this older cars make up 61 percent of that.

    How much money you’d get back for trading in your old car and buying a newer, cleaner one is still in the works. But, Stenquist says they could ask for as much as 5 million in state funding – for 5 years – to get these types of vehicles off the roads. Right now, it’s estimated that there are about 44,000 of them in the state.

    If the bill gets the green light, it could be implemented before the end of the year.

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