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