The AirCheckTexas Drive a Clean Machine Program is now accepting applications for replacement vouchers after the Texas Legislature restored full funding to what has become one of the most successful air quality programs in Texas.
Administered by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, AirCheckTexas does two things to help get polluting cars off roadways. It either helps income-qualified drivers replace their vehicle or helps pay for repair costs so their car passes emissions tests.
It provides qualifying motorists vouchers worth up to $3,000 toward vehicle replacement ($3,500 for hybrids and some other fuel-efficient models) or repair vouchers of up to $600.
Sixteen Texas counties take part in the program. North Texans whose vehicles have failed the emissions portion of the state inspection in the past 30 days or are at least 10 years old are encouraged to apply for assistance if they meet income criteria. For example, a family of four earning $73,800 or less per year may receive assistance.
Vehicles must be registered in one of these participating counties: Brazoria, Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Johnson, Kaufman, Montgomery, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant, Travis, or Williamson. Assistance through this application-based program is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, visit www.nctcog.org/airchecktexas.
The additional funding approved by the Legislature is expected to allow NCTCOG to provide vouchers for the replacement of approximately 6,000 vehicles. Over 32,000 Texans have received replacement vehicles since the program began in 2002.
For questions or additional information regarding AirCheckTexas Drive a Clean Machine Program, please call NCTCOG at (817) 608-2350. Many Car Pro Show Dealers are approved to administer this program.