2019 Activity Highlights
NAFA continues to advocate for its Members and the Fleet Industry
Below is the 2019 US focused summary of advocacy, legislative and policy activities across the year.
Interested in learning about NAFA's Canadian advocacy efforts? Please review the 2019 Summary.
NAFA’s 2019 Legislative Fly-In
On September 26-27, NAFA advocacy leaders gathered in Washington, D.C., for NAFA’s 2019 Legislative Fly-In. As part of the event, attendees heard from allied organizations from across the auto industry, federal agency staff, Congressional staff, and a variety of subject matter experts on the issues that stand to impact fleet managers and their organizations. The event culminated in a day of meetings with lawmakers to urge their support for NAFA’s top advocacy priorities.
Retroactive Extension of Expired Tax Credits for Alternative Fuel & Biodiesel
On December 20th, a reinstatement and extension of the federal tax credits for alternative fuels and biodiesel was signed into law. The $0.50 per gallon alternative fuel tax credit (AFTC) for transportation fuels and the 30% alternative fuel infrastructure tax credits were retroactively extended through 2020 and the $1.00 per gallon tax credit for biodiesel was retroactively extended through 2022. The IRS has issued guidance on how to submit claims for the years 2018 and 2019, during which the credits were expired.
NAFA took a leadership role is the U.S. Data Access Coalition. Legislation has been drafted and is under review for introduction in the House and Senate. The bill will ensure through federal law that vehicle-generated data is controlled by the lessee/owner of the vehicle.
In response to new privacy laws in California and Europe, Congress began drafting federal privacy legislation in 2019. NAFA began discussions with congressional staff on recommendations for legislative provisions covering drivers of employer-provided vehicles.
Sustainability Grant Funding
FY 2020 government appropriations included $87 Million for the EPA’s Clean Diesel Program. The program provides grants under the Diesel Emission Reductions Act (DERA) to support projects that protect human health and improve air quality by replacing older heavy-duty vehicles and equipment with newer, cleaner options. Reauthorization of DERA was passed by the House in September and is now pending the Senate.
Congress also provided $40 Million for FY 2020 to the Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Program. The program encourages the use of alternative fuels and vehicles to improve air quality at the local level.
Start of Surface Transportation Funding Reauthorization
The Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee introduced and passed a five-year $287 billion surface transportation reauthorization bill S.2302, America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act (ATIA). The current surface transportation authorization, the FAST Act, expires in September 2020. NAFA was able to provide input on several provisions included in the reauthorization, such as on long-term Highway Trust Fund sustainability options, a role for fleets in a federal VMT pilot, and alternative fuels infrastructure deployment.
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