California governor Gavin Newsome and CARB (California Air Resources Board) have unveiled a plan to remove cars and trucks off the roads that are manufactured in the year 2000 and prior. The thought is the older vehicles no longer pass EPA and CARB emissions requirements to operate within the state.
CARB and California lead the nation in emissions controls, and what California does, the rest of the United States generally follows. The same type
of law was passed for freight hauling semi trucks to curb air pollution brought on by emissions. In 2004 California said by this year all semis 2010 and older may not operate in the state.
Now the state is taking it even further, by refusing to register any vehicle manufactured before January 1, 2000. This move can hurt Americans living on a tight budget who may not be able to afford newer cars. Sandy Batt, resident of Apple Valley, is worried. “I drive a 1972 Ford Pinto, I’ve had this car since 2017, yeah it breaks down constantly and isn’t very safe but I can hide that I’m drinking a beer in it”.
What California does, the nation follows. Millions of old, broken down pieces of junk may have to be placed out of service and people are not happy. Joseph Barron, of White Hairs, New Jersey, owns a 1985 Chevy Silverado. “This truck burns oil and smokes like a factory, but it’s cool to me” he said, sucking on a cheap cigar and dusting off his Trump 2020 hat. “I ain’t about to let some damned commie in California tell me to drive a safe truck!”
The biggest concern amongst the owners of older cars and trucks is the financial obligation of a payment every month, and even worse, car insurance. A 2018 study showed that most people who own jalopies haven’t held car insurance in years. Why insure it when it cost more than the car is worth?
States like Alabama and Georgia would be hit the hardest, with Klan members and deplorables on public assistance worried where to take their sisters on date nights to the Pig Out Palace and bi-monthly trips to the abortion clinic.