Texas lawmaker adds vehicle title transfer fees to bill

| 4/23/2003

A Texas state senator has proposed a $15 vehicle title transfer fee for a program to help bring the state into federal clean air compliance, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported.

The proposal, by Sen. Chris Harris, R-Arlington, replaces a bill approved by the House earlier this month that would tack a 3-cent-a-gallon tax on diesel fuel.

CSHB1365 also would increase the tax on the sale or lease of diesel equipment from 1 percent to 2 percent.

The proposal awards grants to speed up business’ voluntary retirement of older, higher-polluting diesel equipment, and it also pays for research into clean-air technologies.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has required the Lone Star State to reduce its emissions by 16.3 tons a day in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and 18.9 tons a day in the Houston area by 2007, the Dallas Morning News reported.

If the state fails to meet the emissions standards, it could lose millions of dollars in federal highway funds.

The bill would also bar the state from future actions on lower speed limits for clean air.