A bill moving through the Pennsylvania House is intended as
an incentive for truck owners to buy new Class 8 models.
Sponsored by Rep. Karen Beyer, R-Lehigh, the bill would
create a new diesel technology tax credit of up to $5,000 per vehicle for
businesses toward the purchase of a Class 8 truck containing an engine that
meets the new emissions limits set by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Beyer said she introduced the first-of-its-kind bill in
response to new federal clean air standards that require by 2007 all new diesel
trucks be manufactured with a new catalytic converter designed to reduce air
The new standards require manufacturers to either upgrade
their current trucks with new technology or purchase new trucks with the
cleaner technology already installed.
"Offering this incentive to business to invest in new diesel
technology provides much-needed economic relief for them and demonstrates a
clear commitment by the commonwealth to protecting our environment," Beyer said
in a written statement.
The measure also would require the Pennsylvania Department
of Revenue to submit an annual report to state lawmakers about the
effectiveness of the tax credit. In addition, issuance of tax credits would be
prohibited beyond the taxable year ending on Dec. 31, 2008.
Beyer's bill - HB2997 - is in the House Appropriations
Committee. It must gain approval in the House and Senate before the session
wraps up for the year Nov. 30. Any bill that hasn't been approved by lawmakers
at that time would have to be re-introduced when the new session starts up in