Minnesota bill offers incentive to install idling reduction devices

| Wednesday, March 21, 2007

A bill in the Minnesota House is intended to minimize the need for truck drivers to idle their trucks.

Sponsored by Rep. Melissa Hortman, DFL-Brooklyn Park, the bill would establish a grant program for idling reduction technology purchases. The state could award grants to eligible applicants for up to 50 percent of the purchase and installation costs for one or more qualifying idling reduction devices.

To be eligible, truckers must be headquartered in the state and pay out of their own pockets at least 50 percent of the purchase and installation cost for each idling reduction device covered by the grant. Truckers also must agree to collect and report information relating to the operation and performance of each idling reduction device covered by the grant.

Individuals and companies could apply for grant funds for up to half of their "heavy-duty, diesel-powered, on-highway motor vehicles" owned and operated.

The grant program would be funded with $2 million from the state's general fund during the next two fiscal years. A maximum of 20 percent of the fiscal year appropriation could be awarded to any one company. No more than 25 percent of the fiscal year appropriation could be reserved for companies with up to 20 trucks.

The bill - HF1280 - is in the House Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division Committee. There is a March 30 deadline for the bill to advance from committee.

The companion bill - SF877 - is in the Senate Finance Committee. The Senate deadline for bills to advance is April 14.

 

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