Incentive effort for 2007 model trucks dies in Pennsylvania

| Monday, December 11, 2006

A bill in the Pennsylvania House intended as an incentive for truck owners to buy new Class 8 models has died.

Sponsored by Rep. Karen Beyer, R-Lehigh, the bill remained in the House Appropriations Committee when the session ended in November, effectively killing it for the year.

The bill - HB2997 - sought to create a new diesel technology tax credit of up to $3,000 per vehicle for individuals and 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 designed and manufactured to reduce air pollution.

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 required 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 have been prohibited beyond the taxable year ending on Dec. 31, 2008.

Beyer can resubmit her bill during the regular session that begins Jan. 2.

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