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Texas Offers Clean Car Subsidies

By Bill Zeeble, KERA reporter

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Dallas, TX – The state's distributing up to 35 hundred dollars to owners of 10-year-old or older cars, when they buy a hybrid vehicle. It'll give 3 thousand for a new or slightly used non hybrid car. Terry Clawson with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, says the state has a hundred million dollars for the program, collected from inspection fees. He says clean air's worth it.

Clawson: It's important to get old cars off the road and get newer cleaner cars. A modern one is up to 98 percent cleaner than ones built just 10 yrs ago.

Zeeble: Clawson says buyers must meet income requirements. So a family of 4 can't make more than 62 thousand dollars a year. North Texas buyers must also live in one of 9 designated counties, among them Dallas, Tarrant, Denton and Collin. The pot of available money's on a first come, 1st serve basis.

Clawson: Up there in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, mobile sources are 75 percent of the ozone problem.

Zeeble: North Texas air quality doesn't meet EPA standards, because of ozone pollution. Vehicles are the biggest problem. This new program is one possible solution. For more information, check KERA-dot-organization and click north Texas News. Bill Zeeble KERA news.
More TCEQ information's at www. driveacleanmachine.org, or call toll free 800 913 3321.
Bzeeble@Kera.Org