A new law has been passed in New York City new law for a 5% blend of biodiesel to be used in the city’s vehicle fleet beginning next year.

The new law comes into effect 1 July 2014 plus the city will also launch a pilot programme prior to 1 December 2016 to study year round usage of B20 with no fewer than 5% of its fleet.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed the legislation into law and the measure, introduced by councilman Jim Gennaro, codifies the city’s existing use of biodiesel blends in the city’s fleet of approximately 6,000 vehicles.

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