June 27, 2001

TO: ALL INTERESTED PARTIES

SUBJECT: PUBLIC REVIEW FOR DRAFT AMENDMENT OF AIR RESOURCES BOARD VOLUNTARY ACCELERATED VEHICLE RETIREMENT REGULATIONS



The Air Resources Board is requesting informal public comment on proposed regulation changes to ARB Voluntary Accelerated Vehicle Retirement (VAVR) regulations. ARB requests public comments on the attached staff report (see link below) presenting summary information gathered from informal workshops and other communications received by ARB concerning VAVR vehicle eligibility requirements and parts recycling options.

In addition, the report recommends revisions to current ARB VAVR regulations to minimize the differences between ARB VAVR regulations and Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) VAVR regulations per Health and Safety Code, Section 44102. Specifically, with respect to vehicle eligibility, ARB staff recommends that the ARB VAVR regulations be amended to match the BAR regulations with only two exceptions, i.e., driving in reverse and the vehicle registration history.

Finally, the report presents policy and strategy options to maximize parts recovery while maintaining the credibility and integrity of the Mobile Source Emission Reduction Credit (MSERC) VAVR programs required by Health and Safety Code, Sections 44120 and 44080 - 44122, respectively.

Appendix 1 contains specific proposed amendments for ARB VAVR regulations. Please review the attached staff report (see link below) and provide informal comments by July 31, 2001. Upon receiving all comments, ARB will draft and release final proposed changes for formal public review.

Please forward any comments via email, regular mail, fax or phone to:

Chuck Bennett, Air Resources Engineer
California Air Resources Board
1001 I Street
P.O. Box 2815
Sacramento, CA 95812
Phone: (916) 322-2321
Fax: (916) 322-3923
Email: cbennett@arb.ca.gov

Sincerely,

/s/

Leon G. Vann, Jr.
Smog Check Policy Advisor

VAVR Staff Report (MS Word 179K) (PDF 94K)



The energy challenge facing California is real. Every Californian needs to take immediate action to reduce energy consumption. For a list of simple ways you can reduce demand and cut your energy costs, see our Website: http://www.arb.ca.gov.

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