Klobuchar helps fix Minnesota glitch in ‘Cash for Clunkers’ program

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A glitch that would have kept some Minnesotans from taking part in the so-called “Cash for Clunkers” program has been fixed, according to Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

The clunkers program gives consumers who trade in their gas-guzzling older cars for new fuel-efficient vehicles up to a $4,500 voucher toward the purchase of the new car.

The regulations, however, had required continuous registration of the old car to receive the voucher. But, in Minnesota many deals were rejected because state law allows a person to pay their vehicle registration fees late and still be considered continuously registered.

“Fixing the mechanics of the program and making sure that it works in conjunction with Minnesota’s registration policies are necessary tune-ups,” Klobuchar said today in a statement.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood agreed. After the Democratic senator contacted him about the problem, he wrote her a letter acknowledging that steps had been taken to rectify it.

“As result of your bringing this to my attention, we have adjusted our transaction approval process to accommodate the 10-day grace period that Minnesota law allows for registration renewals,” LaHood wrote.

This week, the Senate is voting on an extension of the incredibly popular program. If approved, an additional $2 billion would be funneled into the program to keep it alive until around Labor Day, according to the LaHood’s estimates.

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Tom Anderson on 08/04/2009 - 09:31 pm.

    Who knew it was so easy to fix regulations enacted by Congress?

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