Utah lawmakers consider “cash for clunkers” bill HB295 that could offer up to $5,500 for jalopies

Utah could offer owners of older, higher-mile cars as much as $5,500 to trade in for new cars.

The program proposed under State House Bill 295 that advanced with an 8-4 vote Wednesday is known as the the Vehicle Emissions Reduction Program. It isn’t unlike the $3 billion federal “cash for clunkers” program that ran nationally in the summer of 2009.

Utah’s proposed $5.2 million bill would restrict eligible trade-ins to 2003 or older models that failed local emissions testing in the state’s more populous counties.