CITIES TO SLASH IDLING TIMES
Some commercial vehicles are exempt from the new idling laws such as emergency vehicles and air-support vehicles. This new law clearly is aimed at the full-truckload and less-than-truckload transportation industry. Other conditions that will not apply to the law are running diesel engines in standing traffic situations, using the vehicle in which the engine's power is required, standing for other service related issues, government repair and inspection, and to supply air conditioning when the temperature outside exceeds more than 80 degrees Fahrenheit. It is good to see that this will not effect idling engines during the July and August months when temperatures easily exceed 90 degrees in most areas.
If big truck drivers do idle for longer than three minutes, there will be a $250.00 fine for going over that allowance. Some other cities who are also enforcing the three minute idling time are Philadelphia, New York, and Washington, D.C. More cities are expected to follow in 2010.
The American Transportation Research Institute has updated its listing of local and state anti-idling laws to include two regulations that have recently taken effect and one change set to take effect soon.
Oregon’s law banning idling for longer than five minutes took effect Jan. 1, ATRI said in a Tuesday statement. Truckers face fines of up to $180 per offense, but the law makes exceptions for air conditioning or heating during extreme temperatures.
Salt Lake City bans idling longer than two minutes, with exceptions for air conditioning and heating thanks to a law passed in October. First-time offenders get a warning, but a second offense will cost $160.
A provision to West Virginia anti-idling law that allows idling for air conditioning or heating purposes will expire in May, ATRI said.
The guide is available in both a full-page and card-sized version on ATRI’s website, www.atri-online.org.