Volkswagen’s attempt to cheat on emissions testing of diesel vehicles has landed Boaz City Schools four new buses.
In 2016, the German automobile manufacturer was found in violation of the U.S. Clean Air Act after being caught using software in approximately 590,000 vehicles that allowed them to operate in a fuel-saving mode only while being tested.
After Volkswagen and the federal government reached a settlement, Alabama received more than $25 million of the $2.9 billion distributed nationwide to help reduce diesel emissions and improve air quality in the state.
Recently, Boaz City Schools Student Services Coordinator Allen Johnson said the district was awarded more than $263,524 of the settlement money from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs to replace four buses.
“What this will allow us to do is take out the older school buses with higher emissions output and replace them with lower emitting buses,” he said.
Johnson said the school system would not have been granted the funds if not for the efforts of Frankie Martin, the district’s transportation supervisor.
“He was the one who did all of the paper work and worked really hard to see that we were able to get the grant,” Johnson said.
As part of the deal, buses being replaced will have to be scrapped and destroyed, Johnson said.
The $25 million awarded to Alabama will be allocated over the next 10 years to buy or upgrade pollution-reducing equipment and vehicles. The aim, according to ADECA and Gov. Kay Ivey’s Office, is to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions to offset environmental damage from Volkswagen Group of America Inc.’s manipulation of emission tests.