Time extension secured for Cash for Clunkers crushing
The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration
(NHTSA) has issued its final ruling which allows automotive recyclers
an additional 90 days, for a total of 270 days, to crush or shred
vehicles traded in under the Consumer Assistance to Recycle and
Save (CARS) program. The final rule amends regulations implementing
the CARS program – also known as “Cash for Clunkers” – initially
published on July 29, 2009.
The Automotive Recyclers Association’s (ARA) executive vice president
Michael E. Wilson commented, “By providing the consumer increased
access to economical green recycled automotive parts harvested
from vehicles that were traded in under the program, consumers
will benefit along with the businesses that sell those parts.
Without this extension, some cars with quality parts might have
been crushed in order to meet the original deadline.”
The NHTSA final rule states that “the additional time will allow
the public to benefit from the availability of lower cost used
vehicle parts from vehicles traded in under the (CARS) program
and will provide disposal facilities with an opportunity to derive
more revenue from those vehicles prior to crushing or shredding.”
NHTSA initiated an official agency proposed rulemaking on November
27, 2009, that lasted 20 days to allow for public comments. ARA,
along with many members, offered the Agency overwhelming support
for the extension.
By extending the consumer program, three times as many cars were
traded in than were expected, almost 700,000 in all, but the
disposal period remained the same. This ruling now offers automotive
recyclers more time to process the cars, which in turn keeps
more recycled parts available to the consumer, as well.