A bill (S. 1766), authored by Senators Daschle (D-SD) and Bingaman (D-NM),
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
· 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
· 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
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
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: Steve McDonald/Brian Caudill