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#1 2008-06-16 02:03:59

seth
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From: Austin, TX (Hyde Park)
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$3000 rebate from Travis County for replacing old car with newer car

If you are maintaining a junker car that you want to replace with another vehicle with cleaner emissions, Texas Commission for Environmental Quality is sponsoring a program that will pay you a rebate of $3000 on the swap.

There are a few caveats that define what junkers will qualify.

Your vehicle must meet these conditions:
• Failed an emissions test,
• Registered in your participating county area for at least 12 months preceding application, and
• Passed a Texas motor-vehicle safety and emissions inspection within 15 months of your application and driven under its own power to the automobile dealership.

OR

• At least 10 years old and gasoline powered,
• Driven under its own power to the automobile dealership,
• Registered in your participating county area for at least 12 months preceding application, and
• Passed a DPS motor-vehicle safety inspection (if more than 24 years old) or safety and emissions inspection (if 24 years old or less) within 15 months of application

The rebate is good towards pretty much ANY (< $25k) car built within the last three years or some trucks built within the last two. Fuel efficiency sadly is not the focus of this rebate as many SUV's are on the list. The rebate increases to $3500 if you buy a hybrid, however. Sadly, motorcycles are not on the qualifying list.

http://www.driveacleanmachine.org

Seth

Last edited by seth (2008-06-16 02:57:58)

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#2 2008-06-16 15:41:17

seth
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From: Austin, TX (Hyde Park)
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Re: $3000 rebate from Travis County for replacing old car with newer car

I just wrote emails to Mark Strama and Dawnna Dukes asking that they create legislation to expand this rebate program to encourage drivers to replace cars with motorcycles and scooters. Below is the message I sent via these email forms:

Dawnna Dukes
Mark Strama


Dear Representative,

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality currently offers $3,000 rebates to Texans who replace an older car with a newer car, truck, or SUV. The goal is to reduce vehicle emissions that harm the environment.

With a legislative modification of this rebate program, we can see even greater benefits. If the TCEQ rebates were extended to cover motorcycles as replacements for cars, not only would we see a marked reduction in vehicle emissions, but reduced fuel consumption, reduced traffic, and improved parking.

As a Texan concerned for the environment, I find this program flawed in its support for Texans purchasing SUVs as a supposed means to protect air quality. Motorcycles and scooters would make a lot more sense in this program.

Appreciatively,


Seth Johnson

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#3 2008-06-16 18:26:45

Adriel
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Registered: 2008-05-27
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Re: $3000 rebate from Travis County for replacing old car with newer car

Statistically you are about 8x more likely to have a fatal accident on a motorcycle than a car, this may have influenced their decision.

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#4 2008-06-18 13:27:59

RonB
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Registered: 2008-05-28
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Re: $3000 rebate from Travis County for replacing old car with newer car

Dang, it looks like I make too much money to qualify for this.

RonB

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