AirCheckTexas Drive a Clean Machine will continue helping qualifying motorists purchase newer, more fuel efficient vehicles, after it began accepting applications for replacement assistance in North Texas for a limited time Feb. 10.
Residents with vehicles that 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 certain vehicle requirements.
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 third 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.
During the four months replacement applications were accepted in fiscal year 2013, 1,150 vehicles were replaced. Since the program began in 2002, 29,900 vehicles have been replaced, while 28,450 have been repaired with the help of vouchers.
A family of four earning $71,550 or less per year may receive assistance. The program offers $3,000 vouchers toward replacement of a vehicle with a newer, cleaner automobile. The amount increases to $3,500 if the newer car or truck is a hybrid, electric or natural gas-powered vehicle.
For information on the status of the program and a video explaining the application process, visit 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 AirCheckTexas Program, P.O. Box 5888, Arlington, TX 76005-5888.
NCTCOG is not able to assist walk-ins because of limited resources. Assistance through this application-based program is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. After enough applications have been received to exhaust the available funding, the replacement portion will be closed. The repair program will continue, but replacement applications will no longer be accepted for the rest of fiscal year 2014. The program could be briefly reopened to qualifying motorists seeking replacement vouchers in fiscal year 2015.
Story submitted by Amanda Wilson