VRRRM calls for repairing, retiring, and replacing around 17,000 vehicles considered to be polluting the atmosphere, in an attempt to remove some 850 tons of pollutants from California.s air within the next three years. The program is supported through a $20 million funding grant provided by the state.
The framework for the project has not yet established. Several agencies which are participating in the project (California Bureau of Automotive Repair, California Air Resources Board, South Coast Air Quality Management District and the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District) will be creating incentives for motorists over the next three year, in an attempt to encourage them to repair or replace their vehicles.
"This is a significant step forward for California's air quality," said Paul Lanning, Foundation for California Community Colleges CEO.
"This program represents a collaboration of multiple agencies involved in California's air quality management. It will infuse much-needed funds back into the state's economy while tapping into the educational and training resources of the California Community Colleges, the largest system of higher education in the world."
The fight for cleaner air will not be conducted on the streets alone. VRRRM will expand through college sites, where students will be providing motorists with educational weekend events. In addition, the Toyota Place is the first location to join the program.