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SB-459 Vehicle retirement: low-income motor vehicle owners.(2013-2014)



SECTION 1.
 The Legislature finds and declares that the State Air Resources Board should take all the steps necessary to improve the enhanced fleet modernization program (Article 11 (commencing with Section 44125) of Chapter 5 of Part 5 of Division 26 of the Health and Safety Code) to increase the benefits of the program for low-income California residents, as defined in Section 44062.1 of the Health and Safety Code, promote cleaner replacement vehicles, and enhance emissions reductions gained by the program.

SEC. 2.

 Section 44062.3 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:

44062.3.
 (a) The owner of a motor vehicle that has been registered without substantial lapse, as defined by the department, in the state for at least two years prior to vehicle retirement, and that has failed the most recent smog check inspection for that vehicle, may retire the vehicle from operation at a dismantler under contract with the bureau, at any time after learning of the smog check failure. The department shall pay a person who retires his or her vehicle under this section one thousand five hundred dollars ($1,500) for a low-income motor vehicle owner, as defined in Section 44062.1, and one thousand dollars ($1,000) for all other motor vehicle owners. The department may pay a motor vehicle owner more than these amounts based on factors, including, but not limited to, the age of the vehicle, the emission benefit of the vehicle’s retirement, the emission impact of any replacement vehicle, and the location of the vehicle in an area of the state with the poorest air quality.
(b) The department may permit vehicle retirement pursuant to subdivision (a) for any motor vehicle that has been registered without substantial lapse, as defined by the department, in the state for at least two years prior to vehicle retirement, and that fails any type of smog check inspection lawfully performed in the state.

SEC. 3.

 Section 44125 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:

44125.
 (a) (1)  No later than July 1, 2009, the state board, in consultation with the bureau, shall adopt a program to commence on January 1, 2010, that allows for the voluntary retirement of passenger vehicles and light-duty and medium-duty trucks that are high polluters. The program shall be administered by the bureau pursuant to guidelines adopted by the state board.
(2) No later than July 1, 2019, the state board shall update the guidelines for the program established pursuant to this subdivision to make applicable to light-duty pickup trucks the same standard for miles per gallon that is applicable to minivans. This subdivision shall apply to only purchasers who are retiring a light-duty pickup truck.
(b) Beginning in the 2018–19 fiscal year, and every fiscal year thereafter, the state board, in consultation with the bureau, shall set specific, measurable goals for the retirement of passenger vehicles and light- and medium-duty trucks that are high polluters.
(c) (1) The state board, in consultation with the bureau, shall take steps to meet the goals set forth pursuant to subdivision (b). The steps shall include, but need not be limited to, updating the guidelines for both the program and Clean Cars 4 All no later than January 1, 2019.
(2) (b)  No later than June 30, 2015, the state board, in consultation with the bureau, shall update the program established pursuant to subdivision (a).  The program shall continue to be administered by the bureau pursuant to guidelines updated and  adopted by the state board.
(d) (c)  The guidelines shall ensure all of the following:
(1) Vehicles retired pursuant to the program are permanently removed from operation and retired at a dismantler under contract with the bureau.
(2) Districts retain their authority to administer vehicle retirement programs otherwise authorized by under  law.
(3) The program is available for high-polluter  high polluting  passenger vehicles and light-duty and medium-duty trucks that have been continuously registered in California for two years prior to acceptance into the program or otherwise proven to have been driven primarily in California for the last two years and have not been registered in another state or country in the last two years. The guidelines may require a vehicle to take, complete, or pass a smog check inspection.
(4) The program is focused where the greatest air quality impact can be identified.
(5) The program is focused on achieving improvements to air quality and benefits to low-income state residents through the retirement of high-polluter passenger motor vehicles owned by low-income state residents.
(6) (5)  (A) Compensation for retired vehicles is  shall be  at least one thousand five hundred dollars ($1,500) for a low-income motor vehicle owner and not owner, as defined in Section 44062.1, and no  more than one thousand dollars ($1,000) for all other motor vehicle owners.
(B) Replacement or a mobility option  may be an option for all motor vehicle owners and may be in addition to compensation for vehicles retired pursuant to subparagraph (A). For low-income motor vehicle owners, compensation toward a replacement vehicle or mobility option  as defined in Section 44062.1, compensation  shall be no less than two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500). Compensation toward a replacement vehicle  for all other motor vehicle owners shall may  not exceed compensation for low-income motor vehicle owners.
(C) Compensation for either retired or replacement vehicles or a mobility option  for low-income motor vehicle owners may be increased as necessary to maximize the air quality benefits of the program while also ensuring participation by low-income motor vehicle owners.  owners, as defined in Section 44062.1.  Increases in compensation amounts may be based on factors, including, but not limited to, the age of the retired or replaced vehicle, the emissions benefits of the retired or replaced vehicle, the emissions impact of any replacement vehicle, participation by low-income motor vehicle owners, as defined in Section 44062.1,  and the location of the vehicle in an area of the state with the poorest air quality.
(7) (6)  Cost-effectiveness and impacts on disadvantaged and low-income populations are considered. Program eligibility may be limited on the basis of income to ensure the program adequately serves persons of low or moderate income.
(8) (7)  Provisions that  coordinate the vehicle retirement and replacement and mobility option  components of the program with the vehicle retirement component of the bureau’s Consumer Assistance Program, established pursuant to other provisions of this chapter, and Clean Cars 4 All  to ensure vehicle owners participate in the appropriate program to maximize participation and  emissions reductions.
(9) (8)  Where applicable, there is improved coordination, integration, and partnerships with other programs that target disadvantaged communities and receive moneys from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, created pursuant to Section 16428.8 of the Government Code. Streamlined administration to simplify participation while protecting the accountability of moneys spent. 
(10) Provisions enhance the prescreening of applicants to the program, if determined by the state board to be appropriate.
(11) (9)  Specific steps to  ensure the vehicle replacement and mobility option  component of the program is available in areas designated as federal extreme nonattainment.
(12) (10)  A requirement that vehicles eligible for retirement have sufficient remaining life. Demonstration of sufficient remaining life may include proof of current registration, completing passing  a recent smog check inspection, or completing passing  another test similar to a smog check inspection.
(d) When updating the guidelines to the program established pursuant to subdivision (a), the state board shall study and consider all the following elements:
(1) Methods of financial assistance other than vouchers.
(2) An option for automobile dealerships or other used car sellers to accept cars for retirement, provided the cars are dismantled consistent with the requirements of the program.
(3) An incentive structure with varied incentive amounts to maximize program participation and cost-effective emissions reductions.
(4) Increased emphasis on the replacement of high polluters with cleaner vehicles or the increased use of public transit that results in the increased utilization of the vehicle replacement component of the program.
(5) Increased emphasis on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions through increased vehicle efficiency or transit use as a result of the program.
(6) Increased partnerships and outreach with community-based organizations.