Arizona Revised Statutes § 49-474.03 Voluntary Vehicle Repair And Retrofit Program; Criteria; Fund; Report

49-474.03. Voluntary vehicle repair and retrofit program; criteria; fund; report

A. A county with a population of more than four hundred thousand persons according to the most recent United States decennial census shall operate and administer a voluntary vehicle repair and retrofit program in the county. The county shall coordinate the program with the department of environmental quality and the department of transportation. A vehicle owner's participation is voluntary. The county may contract with an independent contractor to develop and implement all or any portion of the program. The program shall provide for real and quantifiable emissions reduction based on actual emissions testing performed on the vehicle before repair or retrofit.

B. A vehicle owner may participate in the program if all of the following criteria are met:

1. The owner is willing to participate in the program.

2. The vehicle being repaired or retrofitted is functionally operational.

3. The vehicle being repaired or retrofitted is titled in this state, has taken the emissions inspection test pursuant to section 49-542, subsection A, has been registered during the immediately preceding twelve months and has not been unregistered for more than sixty days.

4. The vehicle being repaired or retrofitted is at least twelve years older than the current calendar year.

5. The vehicle is required to take the emissions inspection test and the vehicle fails the emissions test in the emissions inspection results portion of the test. The vehicle owner shall apply to the program not more than sixty days after failing the test.

6. The emissions control system has not been tampered with.

7. The emissions control system has not been removed or disabled, in whole or in part.

8. The vehicle is taken to a participating repair facility. Any repairs performed at an unauthorized repair facility are not eligible for payment.

9. Participation in the program is limited to one vehicle per owner.

10. Motor homes, motorcycles, salvage vehicles and fleet vehicles are not eligible to participate in the program.

C. Notwithstanding subsection B or D of this section, diesel powered motor vehicles with a gross vehicle rating of more than eight thousand five hundred pounds, that are registered in area A or B, as defined pursuant to section 49-541, and that fail any random roadside vehicle test conducted by the state or that fail the emissions test conducted pursuant to section 49-542 are eligible for up to one thousand dollars in repair or retrofit costs from the program. Qualified vehicle owners pursuant to this subsection shall be responsible for one-half of the costs of the qualified repairs and the other half of the costs shall be funded from the program up to one thousand dollars. An owner of vehicles that are registered as a fleet shall not receive more than ten thousand dollars in total monies. No more than twenty-five per cent of the program funds in any year may be used for the purposes of this subsection.

D. The county shall operate and administer an emissions control repair and retrofit program in cooperation with the department that provides that:

1. Vehicle owners who qualify for the repair and retrofit program shall pay the first one hundred fifty dollars as a copayment.

2. Vehicles that require more than seven hundred dollars in repair costs are not eligible unless the vehicle owner chooses to pay additional costs.

3. A vehicle that is able to accept a retrofit kit shall have a retrofit kit installed. A vehicle that requires more than eight hundred dollars in aggregated retrofit parts and labor costs is not eligible for the program unless the vehicle owner pays the additional costs.

E. A county with a population of more than one million two hundred thousand persons shall operate and administer a program to replace catalytic converters on motor vehicles that fail to meet emissions standards due to failure of the catalytic converter system if that failure is not the result of tampering.

F. The voluntary vehicle repair and retrofit program fund is established. The director shall administer the fund. Not more than five per cent of the monies in the fund may be used for the purpose of educating the general public about the program and eligibility for the program. The fund consists of monies from the following sources:

1. Monies appropriated by the legislature.

2. Monies appropriated by political subdivisions.

3. Monies deposited pursuant to section 49-551, subsection B.

4. Gifts, grants and donations.

G. By December 1 of each year the county shall prepare and submit a progress report to the department of environmental quality, the department of transportation, the speaker of the house of representatives, the president of the senate, the governor, the secretary of state and the director of the Arizona state library, archives and public records on the voluntary vehicle repair and retrofit program that contains at least the following information:

1. The number of vehicles repaired or retrofitted by model year.

2. The cost-effectiveness of the program in terms of dollars spent per ton of vehicle emissions reductions.

3. Any recommendations for improving the effectiveness of the program.

4. The administrative costs of the program.

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