Old Vehicle Scrapping

Purpose:Vehicle Crushing

Rule 1610 - Old-Vehicle Scrapping (PDF, 92kb), is a voluntary program developed to encourage vehicle owners to retire older, higher-emitting vehicles in order to reduce the amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), nitrogen oxides (NOx), carbon monoxide (CO), and particulate matter (PM) in the air we breathe. The focus of the program is to remove older, polluting cars from roadways that would otherwise continue to be driven in the South Coast Air Quality Management District (South Coast AQMD) for 3 or more years if they were not scrapped. By taking the vehicles off the road, it is assumed that they will be replaced by cleaner cars, or alternative modes of transportation. Each participating vehicle accepted into the program and scrapped generates Mobile Source Emissions Reduction Credits (MSERCs). Companies with more than 250 employees can purchase MSERCs to offset their excess emissions in order to comply with Rule 2202 - On-Road Motor Vehicle Mitigation (PDF, 154kb). For this reason, the South Coast  AQMD must inspect all vehicles entering the program to make sure they meet all requirements of the program.

Do you want to voluntarily retire your vehicle to help clean the air we breathe? What's your next step?

Click HERE to see if your vehicle meets the South Coast AQMD's Eligibility Requirements, view the list of Licensed Scrappers, visit the FAQ page or to check out the other California Scrapping Programs.

Old Vehicle Scrapping Email Notification- for collectors and restorers of vintage autos.
Subscribe --- To receive the email list of vehicles that have been submitted to the old-vehicle scrapping program.

For more information on generating mobile source emission reduction credits through the old vehicle scrapping program, please see Mobile Source Credits.

The following chart provides some statistical data on the Rule 1610 program, the data is updated to December 2022:

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