Utah House Passes CNG Conversion Bill

Feb 11, 2010

The Utah House of Representatives passed a billon Feb. 5th aimed at making it easier and cheaper to convert vehicles to run oncompressed natural gas. 

Representatives voted 67-1for HB70, which would allow industry-certified technicians to convert cars andwould require safety and emissions checks every three years or 36,000 miles,the SaltLake Tribune reported. The bill now moves to the UtahSenate. 

The proposed rules seek totransfer natural-gas conversion regulation away from the federal EPA and into Utah state control. Thebill’s sponsor is Rep. Jack Draxler (R-North Logan), who has argued thatcurrent federal regulations are too burdensome. EPA officials do not oppose thestate legislation, Draxler said. 

State control of regulatingnatural-gas conversions will mean cheaper options for Utah residents and a cleaner environment,Draxler told the Salt Lake Tribune.“Every tool available to us needs to be used when it comes to our air qualityand when it comes to less reliance on foreign oil,” he said. 

This bill marks the latestmove in government policies to lower the American consumer’s environmentalimpact and lower the country’s dependency on foreign oil and unsustainableenergy.  The fleet world is a major player in the American automotiveindustry, so make sure your fleet does what it can to help the environment.

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