Weatherford Democrat

Top News

January 29, 2013

AirCheckTexas restarts vehicle replacement applications

ARLINGTON – AirCheckTexas Drive a Clean Machine, a program that has helped thousands of motorists purchase newer, more fuel-efficient vehicles, began accepting applications for replacement assistance in the North Texas area on Jan. 28.

Residents with vehicles that have failed the emissions portion of the state inspection in the past 30 days or are more than 10 years old are encouraged to apply for replacement assistance if they meet the income criteria and certain vehicle requirements, available at www.nctcog.org/airchecktexas.

This is the second year in a row the program has operated on a limited basis, following the Legislature’s decision in 2011 to reduce funding in an effort to help balance the budget. The repair component of the program, offering vouchers worth as much as $600, has continued year-round.

During the three months the replacement component of the program was open in fiscal year 2012, more than 900 vouchers were used. Since the program began in 2002, 28,504 vehicles have been replaced, while 27,134 have been repaired with the help of vouchers.

A family of four earning $69,150 per year may receive assistance, but income guidelines could change in February. The 10-year-old program offers $3,000 vouchers toward replacement of a vehicle with a newer, cleaner automobile. The amount increases to $3,500 if the newer car or truck is a hybrid, electric or natural gas-powered vehicle.

AirCheckTexas has helped the area move closer to compliance with federal ozone standards. Assistance is open to vehicle owners in nine Dallas-Fort Worth area counties (Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall and Tarrant).

For program guidelines, an application and a video explaining the process, visit www.nctcog.org/airchecktexas.

1
Text Only
Top News
Must Read
Top News
House Ads
AP Video
Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites Anti-violence Advocate Killed, but Not Silenced. Dempsey: Putin May Light Fire and Lose Control Arizona Prison Chief: Execution Wasn't Botched Calif. Police Investigate Peacock Shooting Death Raw: Protesters, Soldiers Clash in West Bank Police: Doctor Who Shot Gunman 'Saved Lives' 'Modern Family' Star on Gay Athletes Coming Out MN Twins Debut Beer Vending Machine DA: Pa. Doctor Fired Back at Hospital Gunman Raw: Iowa Police Dash Cam Shows Wild Chase
Poll

The City of Weatherford is considering an ordinance that would ban smoking inside restaurants and enclosed areas where food is prepared, sold or consumed. Do you agree with this proposal?

Yes
No
Undecided
Don't care
     View Results