San Francisco scrappage scheme fuels fire safety project
SAN FRANCISCO // The South San Francisco Fire Department is calling on owners of unwanted cars to hand them over for a worthy cause. In a win-win for the car donor and the fire department, the donors receive a tax deduction for off-loading an old car and the fire department will get the profits when the vehicle is resold. Profits from the sales will go towards fire education programmes in public schools and citizen CPR training, which cost around US$10,000 (Dh36,730) each year. Such initiatives used to be funded through grants but these subsidies have been cut back in recent times. Car Program, the organisation that manages the vehicle donation scheme, picks the cars up and decide whether the car should be auctioned or sold for scrap.