California Bill to Expand Vehicle Retirement Program Approved by Committee


DON’T DELAY!  Please request opposition for A.B. 1965 immediately from the California Assembly Appropriations Committee (Full List Below) by emailing now:

You may use the following points in your message:

  • A.B. 1965 represents another attempt by California lawmakers to dust off a tired, flawed and ineffective scrappage program using your tax dollars.     
  • A.B. 1965 ignores the fact that all scrappage programs hold the potential for enthusiasts to lose a valuable source of rare parts for vehicle restoration projects.  
  • A.B. 1965 is unfair to many of the low-income vehicle owners the bill seeks to target by potentially denying them available parts from older cars in order to maintain their own vehicles.   
  • A.B. 1965 embraces the fact that most scrapped cars are infrequently or never used second or third vehicles. 
  • A.B. 1965 will do little to improve air quality which is directly connected to overall basic vehicle maintenance.       

Overview: Legislation (A.B. 1965) to require the Air Resources Board to expand the state’s program for the retirement and replacement of older passenger vehicles and light and medium-duty trucks was approved by the Assembly Transportation Committee.  Current law provides for “an enhanced fleet modernization program” to be administered by the Bureau of Automotive Repair based on guidelines adopted by the Air Resources Board.  Beginning in the 2016-17 fiscal year, the bill would require the agencies to set specific and measurable goals for the program’s expansion.  The bill will next be considered by the Appropriations Committee.   


California Assembly Appropriations Committee 

Assemblymember Frank Bigelow (R)

Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D)

Assemblymember Ling-Ling Chang (R) 

Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D)

Assemblymember Susan Bonilla (D)

Assemblymember James Gallagher (R) 

Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D)

Assemblymember Brian Jones (R)

Assemblymember Jay Obernolte (R)

Assemblymember Ian Calderon (D)

Assemblymember Tom Daly (D)

Assemblymember Donald Wagner (R)

Assemblymember Susan Eggman (D)

Assemblymember Roger Hernandez (D)

Assemblymember Chris Holden (D)

Assemblymember Miguel Santiago (D)  

Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D)

Assemblymember Jim Wood (D)