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H.R. 3937 (113th): To evaluate and report on the feasibility and effectiveness of using natural gas as a fuel source in long haul trucks.


The text of the bill below is as of Jan 28, 2014 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.


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113th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 3937

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 28, 2014

(for himself and Mr. Terry) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

To evaluate and report on the feasibility and effectiveness of using natural gas as a fuel source in long haul trucks.

1.

Statement of policy

It is the policy of Congress that our fuel supply needs to be diverse and one method of diversification is the use of natural gas as a fuel source in long haul trucks.

2.

Evaluation and report

Not later than 120 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Transportation shall—

(1)

appoint representatives from the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Commerce, Members of Congress, State governments, and private sector individuals with expertise in the use of various fuel sources to evaluate the issues described in paragraph (2); and

(2)

conduct an evaluation and report to Congress on its findings regarding the following:

(A)

Barriers to transition from diesel fuel to natural gas in long haul trucks.

(B)

Environmental benefits of using natural gas in long haul trucks.

(C)

The benefits and drawbacks of using natural gas in long haul trucks.

(D)

The expected price differential between traditional diesel oems and natural gas oems.

(E)

Concerns of the participating representatives appointed by the Secretary of using natural gas in long haul trucks.

(F)

The effect of using natural gas in long haul trucks on the Highway Trust Fund.

3.

Definition

For purposes of this Act, the term long haul truck means a commercial vehicle with a 26,000 pound or greater gross vehicle weight rating.