NGVAmerica Works to Advance Pro-NGV Legislation in New Mexico
The New Mexico House of Representatives has unanimously passed two pieces of legislation that NGVAmerica has promoted in the state to aid in the expanded use of natural gas vehicles. HB176 would update New Mexico law to allow a greater weight allowance for NGVs, bringing the allowable weight up to 82,000 pounds to compensate for the weight of natural gas fuel systems.
House Joint Memorial 5 (HJM5) recognizes the importance of increasing the use of NGVs in the US and New Mexico and tasks two agencies in developing a study on how to build the NGV market within the state. The Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources department (EMNRD), General Services department (GSD) and the Economic Development department (EDD) will create a report that identifies how the state can remove obstacles to increase the use of NGVs, federal funding sources, and a plan for alternative fuel corridors within the state. The report will be submitted to the appropriate agencies no later than November 15, 2016.
These bills will now move to the New Mexico Senate.