Illinois bills propose surcharge on diesel-powered vehicles

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A proposal to place a 1 percent surcharge on the sale or lease of all diesel-powered vehicles in the state of Illinois, on-road and off-road, has been proposed.

SB 2083, sponsored by Sen. Jacqueline Collins (D-Chicago), and HB 5772, sponsored by Rep. Karen May (D-Highwood), would place a surcharge on the sale or lease of every on-road diesel vehicle more than 14,000 pounds that is a 2006 or older model equal to 1 percent of the sales price or the lease or rental amount.

The bill also would place a surcharge on the retail sale, lease or rental of diesel nonroad vehicles equal to 1 percent of the sales price or the lease or rental amount. This includes excavators, backhoes, cranes, compressors, generators and bulldozers.

Last year, a similar bill reached the passage stage in the Senate.