A program that has helped lead to the replacement of more than 30,000 older vehicles since 2002 has reopened for a limited time, according to a press release from the North Central Texas Council of Governments.
The AirCheckTexas Drive a Clean Machine Program began accepting applications for replacement assistance in North Texas on Feb. 9, offering qualifying motorists up to $3,500 vouchers toward the purchase of newer, more fuel efficient vehicles.
Last year, 652 vehicles were replaced when this component of the program was open.
North Texans whose vehicles have failed the emissions portion of the state inspection in the past 30 days or are more than 10 years old are encouraged to apply for replacement assistance if they meet the income criteria and vehicle requirements. A family of four earning $72,750 or less per year may receive assistance.
Assistance is open to vehicle owners in nine Dallas-Fort Worth area nonattainment counties: Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall and Tarrant. AirCheckTexas is one of many programs implemented to help North Texas reach attainment of the federal government’s ozone standard, which it has until 2018 to meet.
This is the fourth year in a row the replacement assistance has operated on a limited basis, following a reduction in funding. The repair component of the program, offering vouchers worth as much as $600, has continued year-round.
The program offers $3,000 vouchers toward replacement of vehicles with newer, cleaner automobiles. The amount increases to $3,500 for hybrid, electric or natural gas-powered vehicles.
For information on the status of the program and a video explaining the application process, visit www.nctcog.org/airchecktexas. Applications and income documentation for all adults in the household must be submitted by fax, 817-608-2315, or mail.
The mailing address is:
P.O. Box 5888
Arlington, TX 76005-5888