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.