Vehicle repair assistance program helps clears the air


CLEARFIELD—The Davis County Health Department’s Environmental Health Services Division and UCAIR (Utah Clean Air Partnership) has announced a new air quality vehicle repair assistance program to bring polluting vehicles into compliance with emission standards.

The program runs through October 2018 and offers financial assistance to repair vehicles that are currently unable to pass emission standards, according to a release.

“The Davis County Vehicle Repair Assistance Program will assist at least 40 Davis County residents to repair their excessively polluting vehicles,” said UCAIR’s Executive Director Thom Carter in the statement. “Mobile sources contribute 50 percent of the PM2.5 pollution along the Wasatch Front.”

Qualifying applicants can receive 50 percent, 75 percent or 100 percent financial assistance depending on their household income level for eligible emissions related repairs up to $1,000.

“Vehicles that fail to meet emissions standards may emit over 100 times the amount that they would if all emissions components were operating properly,” Air Quality Bureau Manager with the county health department, Rachelle Blackham said in the release. “This countywide program is designed to assist many owners of failed vehicles to come into emissions compliance and help reduce our local air quality problems.”

To qualify for the program:

• The vehicle owner must be a resident of Davis County

• Have had their vehicle fail an emissions test in the last 30 days

• Vehicle has been registered to the current owner for a minimum of one year

• There’s no evidence of tampering with the emission control system

In order to participate residents will need to:

• Fill out the program’s application for financial assistance

• Receive an assistance voucher

• Submit their vehicle to a participating certified automotive repair facility

• Agree to necessary repairs

• Pay any remaining portion of the bill beyond the financial assistance allowed by the program

By working with Davis County’s health department it helps “partner with many different groups to come up with solutions and educate the public about steps they can take,” said Carter in the release. “In our efforts to clear the air, there are no perfect answers but there are practical solutions. And through this combined county and UCAIR grant program, we are helping reduce emissions now.”

“Grant funding for this program will reduce the number of high emitting vehicles on the road and provide support for those in need so that they can repair their vehicles in a timely manner,” Blackham said in the statement.

Call the Davis County Health Department at 801-525-5128 or visit go.usa.gov/xQx8K for an application.

bginos@davisclipper.com

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