Car repair vouchers given to clean up Valley air

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Hundreds of Madera drivers got vouchers for car repairs Saturday in an effort to clean up the Valley's air.




The Valley Air Pollution Control District and Valley Clean Air Now teamed up to hold a Tune In and Tune Up event at the Madera District Fairgrounds Saturday.

There, drivers lined up for a free emissions test and if their vehicles didn't pass they got a vouchers worth up to $500 to repair their vehicles.

The goal is to clean up the Valley's air by fixing dirty cars.

"We have a very low percentage of people passing, which is a good thing because we're targeting basically vehicles that are dirty. So we have a rate of 70/75 percentage of vehicles that fail and we get to issue those vouchers for the repairs," Jose Marin said.

"I can't afford to fix it without that $500. It's a lot of money," Jonathan Quintero said.

Funding for the Tune In and Tune Up events comes from California's "Vrrrm program" and a gasoline settlment.

The next Tune In and Tune Up event will be held in Fresno on August 20th at the Fresno Fairgrounds.

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