Fuel-Efficient Vehicle and Emission Reduction Incentives

The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) will administer the High Fuel Efficiency Vehicle Incentive and Emissions Repair Program, which provides incentives to replace eligible vehicles with a used vehicle that has a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) combined city/highway fuel economy of at least 40 miles per gallon (mpg) and vouchers of up to $2,500 for the repair of vehicles that failed the on-board diagnostic (OBD) systems inspection. Eligible vehicles for replacement include those that have failed the OBD systems inspection or those that are more than 15 years old and have an EPA combined city/highway fuel economy of less than 25 mpg. Eligible vehicles for a repair voucher are those that have failed the OBD systems inspection, require repairs that are not under warranty, and will be able to pass the inspection once the repairs are made.

The Vermont Department of Labor, in consultation with VTrans and other Vermont agencies, must evaluate whether to establish the Emissions Repair Program and submit a report to the legislature regarding how to fund the program on or before February 1, 2020.

(Reference House Bill 529, 2019)