February 19, 2013
An overwhelming majority of Florida voters say they would support legislation aiding fleets making a conversion to natural gas through a grant program.
The Florida Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition (FNGVC) announced Monday the results of a public opinion survey conducted by TelOpinion Research earlier this month. Of the 600 people polled, the survey found 72 percent of Floridians approve of a proposal in the state legislature to help convert commercial fleet vehicles from traditional fuels to natural gas as part of an effort to decrease U.S. reliance on imported oil, create jobs and improve air quality.
House Bill 597 has been introduced in the Florida House of Representatives by Representative Lake Ray and Senate Bill 560 by Senator Wilton Simpson has its first committee stop in the Transportation Committee this week.
The bill would encourage commercial fleet owners to invest in new natural gas vehicles through grants administered by the Office of Energy at the Florida Department of Agriculture.