Granger re-introduces anti-idling tax credit bill

| 2/7/2006

Rep. Kay Granger, R-TX, has re-introduced a bill that, if passed, would provide tax credits on the purchase of anti-idling devices.

Similar to a bill that Granger introduced in 2005, the Idling Reduction Tax Credit Act of 2006 would allow a 25 percent tax credit up to $1,000 for the purchase of anti idling devices, according to a press release.

The legislation calls for the Environmental Protection Agency and the secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy to certify with idling reduction devices meet the standards to qualify for the credit.

Granger said in a press release that the bill, which was introduced Thursday, Feb. 2, would serve a double purpose for the trucking industry.

“After seeing fuel prices skyrocket in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, we need to take every step we can to become less dependent on foreign sources of oil and ease the financial burden on our citizens,” she said. “This bill also takes a serious step toward further improving our air quality.”

The EPA estimates that idling reduction technology could reduce ozone, greenhouse gas and particulate matter emissions by as much as 90 percent.