it was coming. Right on schedule, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D, Calif.) has introduced legislation to Congress that would pay drivers of older vehicles a predetermined sum to replace them with new or newer cars. Depending on the year of the vehicle being
, a voucher for up to $4,500 would be granted to the driver. This voucher could be used to purchase a car manufactured after 2004 that has an
fuel mileage rating that is at least 25 percent better than industry average for its class. Alternatively, a card for a smaller amount could be redeemed for mass transit fare.
Many in Congress are said to believe such a program could speed up the turnover from older and dirtier vehicles to newer, more
models as well as stimulate the economy and provide a boost for the ailing auto industry. If passed, the plan will reportedly cost as much as $
billion per year to operate and would remove around
million older cars from the roads per year.
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