Hey everybody, i got this email from another forum , and thought y'all might want to see it, Especially since a large number of us drive trucks older than 15 years, not to mention all the cars we all own. Oh and sorry if this should be in a different forum, but everybody is in here!! This e-mail is being sent to all users of the AACA discussion forums. A bill (S. 1776) has been introduced into the US Senate that would fund vehicle scrappage programs nationwide. This is NOT a hoax. This issue is being followed closely by the AACA Board of Directors and the Vice President of Legislation. The text below has been copied from a SEMA (Specialty Equipment Marketing Association) Action Alert. Please read this closely, and discuss it with your club at its next meeting. It is important that you and your fellow collectors take action to notify your legislators that this type of legislation is not well thought-out, and is detrimental to the collector car hobby. -------------------- URGENT FEDERAL SCRAPPAGE ALERT U.S. Senate Bill Would Fund Scrappage Programs Nationwide A bill (S. 1766) has been introduced in the U.S. Senate containing a provision (Section 803) that would federally fund state scrappage programs for vehicles over 15 years old. Owners who turn in vehicles for crushing would receive a “minimal” payment and a future credit toward purchasing a newer vehicle, all in a misguided attempt to improve the overall fuel economy of the country’s vehicle fleet. This bill represents the most formidable Federal legislative threat to the vehicle hobby in many years. Oppose the Use of U.S. Taxpayer Dollars for Scrappage · Section 803 of S. 1766 would give states that don’t currently operate scrappage programs an extra incentive to create a program due to generous federal funding. · Section 803 of S. 1766 requires that federally funded state scrappage programs crush every car. It threatens enthusiasts nationwide with the loss of valuable parts and parts-cars for repair, restoration, and customization projects. · Section 803 of S. 1766 does not require states to determine the fuel efficiency of vehicles being scrapped or that scrapped vehicles are being replaced by more fuel-efficient vehicles. · Section 803 of S. 1766 ignores the fact that cars turned in for scrappage often barely run or are rarely driven second or third vehicles that have a minimal impact on overall fuel economy. · Section 803 of S. 1766 will diminish the availability of affordable transportation and repair parts to low-income drivers as more and more older cars are crushed. · Section 803 of S. 1766 does not guarantee that low-income individuals will be able to afford to purchase new vehicles – let alone more fuel efficient vehicles – with the money provided by scrappage programs. · Section 803 of S. 1766 ignores more socially responsible and cost- effective policy options like voluntary vehicle repair and upgrade programs that maximize the fuel efficiency of existing vehicles. Contact Your U.S. Senators to Oppose Section 803 of S. 1766 Protect American vehicle enthusiasts and low-income drivers. To find out who your U.S. Senators are, call the SEMA Washington, D.C. office at 202- 783-6007 or access this information via the Internet at www.enjoythedrive.com/legislative/contact_legislator.asp. For assistance in turning this alert into a letter to your Senator, consult the SEMA document "How to Lobby Elected Officials." This guide is available at www.enjoythedrive.com/san. Please fax a copy of your letters to us at 202/783-6024 or mail to: SEMA Washington Office 1317 F St., NW, Ste. 500 Washington, D.C. 20004 Attn: Brian Caudill/ Steve McDonald ----- UNSUBSCRIBE INFORMATION: If you don't want to receive future emails from the AACA discussion forum then change your profile at: http://www.aaca.org/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi (Just click "my profile" in the top-right corner) ----- It's not my habit to send out notices to people who use the forum. This is the first I've sent in 2.5 years of being online. However, I felt this issue was important enough to notify the DF membership. Thanks, Peter Gariepy AACA Web Mechanic Leland aka RaisedK5 "Of all the things I've lost, I think I miss my mind the most!" "Are the voices in my head bothering you?