Bill provides financial incentives to reduce idling

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The American Trucking Associations on Thursday, July 30, applauded U.S. Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) and Kay Granger (R-Texas) for their sponsorship of H.R. 3383, which provides tax credits for the purchase of idling-reduction systems for diesel-powered on-highway vehicles.

Known as the “Idle Reduction Tax Act of 2009,” the bill proposes a 50 percent tax credit, up to $3,000 for each truck for which an idling-reduction device is purchased. The equipment is designed to replace the main engine’s support of essential truck functions, including heating or air conditioning, when the truck is parked. The credit would be available to all trucking companies.

“ATA appreciates the leadership of Representatives Blumenauer and Granger to make the purchase of idle-reduction systems more affordable and widely distributed among fleets,” says Bill Graves, ATA president and chief executive officer. “The initial capital cost of idle-reducing technologies has been a major barrier to trucking companies. This legislation will allow us to move forward with industrywide efforts to reduce air pollution and fuel consumption related to idling.”

To read H.R. 3383, click here.