TX HB 1979
Extends purchase incentive program to include land-based equipment that transports a load to or from a seaport or rail yard. Program is available to truck and equipment owners who replace drayage trucks with pre-2007 model year engines.
Extends the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP) for lowering ozone emissions to bring Texas into compliance with the federal Clean Air Act. Provides incentive grant programs designed to encourage the use of vehicles fueled by alternative fuels like natural gas. Current alternative fuel programs will expire in 2017 and 2018 if they are not renewed. Specific to the intermodal transportation industry, Section 10 of the legislation extends a purchase incentive program beyond trucks to include land-based equipment that transports a load to, [or] from, or in a seaport or rail yard. The purchase incentive program is available to truck and equipment owners who replace drayage trucks with pre-2007 model year engines or engines certified to an emission rate equivalent to a pre-2007 model year engine. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality will be responsible for determining the final guidelines and purchase incentives offered under the program.
Died upon adjournment. Companion to SB 26.
03/20/2017 Read first time. Referred to House Committee on Environmental Regulation.
04/18/2017 Considered in public hearing in House Committee on Environmental Regulation. Left pending in committee.