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arbcombo -- Enhanced Fleet Modernization Program Assessment Report Posted: 19 Nov 2013 15:45:14
The purpose of the Enhanced Fleet Modernization Program (EFMP) is to retire high polluting passenger vehicles and light-duty and medium-duty trucks by voluntary means. Statute directs that the program should be focused on the areas with the greatest air quality impact, and considers cost-effectiveness and impacts on disadvantaged and low-income populations. EFMP is designed to help people move into newer, cleaner vehicles through the retirement and/or replacement of older, dirtier vehicles. During the course of administering the program, ARB staff encountered substantial anecdotal evidence suggesting consumers participating in vehicle retirement intended to scrap their vehicles even without the EFMP incentive. As the emissions reductions achieved by the program are dependent on the useful life remaining on the retired vehicle being taken off the road sooner than would otherwise happen, staff decided it should conduct an assessment of a sample of the vehicles being retired. Similarly, the low participation in the pilot voucher program prompted an examination of that aspect of the program. In order to evaluate the benefits and performance of the program, ARB and BAR jointly conducted an assessment where the overall conclusion is that while EFMP is meeting program goals by purchasing and retiring high emitting vehicles, the cost-effectiveness and emission benefits of the program could be substantially improved by ensuring that only vehicles with significant remaining useful life are allowed to participate. Staff also assessed the retirement plus replacement element under the voucher program with respect to participation rates and economics. The key findings suggest that the program is overly complicated, highly bureaucratic, and the monetary incentives offered are too low. The EFMP assessment report can be found at http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/aqip/efmp.htm. You are receiving this single arbcombo email because you are a subscriber to or have made a public comment to one or more of the following lists: carscrap09, ms-mailings, vavrcars.