You’re driving a “chimney on wheels” if your car has been on the road for 14 years or more, Clean Nova Scotia says.

That’s why the not-for-profit group is taking the lead on Retire Your Ride. It’s a new national program that’s encouraging people to get rid of their old clunkers and rewards them if they do so in an environmentally responsible way.

“So 1995 and older model vehicles emit 19 times more smog-forming emissions than a 2004 or newer vehicle,” local Retire Your Ride co-ordinator Julia Pelton said yesterday. “They’re drastically polluting more, and part of the reason for that is just new emission and fuel-efficient technologies that were introduced … in newer models.”


She said Clean Nova Scotia is offering $300 cash, a six-month pass for Kings Transit, a one-year pass for Metro Transit or a one-year membership with Car Share Halifax for those who give up their wheels. The catch is cars have to be a 1995 model or older and be registered and running.

Go to or call 1-877-773-1996 for more information, Pelton said.

“The recycler will come and pick up their vehicle, instead of them having to drop it off.”

She said 50 vehicles in Nova Scotia have already been recycled. The program, runs through March 31, 2011

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