Legislation would provide tax credits for anti-idling devices

| 4/23/2004

U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, R-TX, has introduced legislation to provide a federal tax credit of up to $3,500 per truck for purchasing idling-reduction devices.

The  “Idling Reduction Tax Credit Act of 2004” (HR 4209) would create a credit that pays for about half the cost of a qualifying device. The measure, which has no co-sponsors, has been referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

The legislation requires amending the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 before the credits would be provided. In addition, the bill requires the Environmental Protection Agency and the federal energy secretary certify alternative idling power devices that qualify for the tax credit.

The EPA has placed Fort Worth, in Granger’s district, and other urban areas on notice that air quality must improve soon.