By Charlie Morasch
Several truck drivers have called OOIDA’s Member Assistance Department recently regarding California’s new idling restrictions and a requirement that truck engines certified as “California clean idle” have a sticker affixed to their hoods.
The decal has a California-shaped logo behind the printed words “certified clean idle.”
The California Air Resources Board requires that trucks traveling on California highways with 2008 model year engines and newer have software activated in their electronic control modules that will shut the engines down after five minutes with the parking brake engaged or after 15 minutes without the parking brake engaged.
Engines that meet a low-nitrogen oxide standard of 30 grams of NOx per idling hour are allowed to idle; however, CARB officials have discussed ending that exemption as well. Those trucks certified with clean idle engines must have the sticker on the hood.
According to a flier from Cummins, customers may order either a 49-state compliant engine that doesn’t meet the new “California clean idle” standard or the 50-state compliant model. Cummins would charge a fleet price of $220 for the “clean idle” hood labels.
Cummins did not respond to calls and e-mails sent by Land Line in early April seeking a comment on how many truckers are opting to buy the 50-state compliant model engines.
Have any truckers been ticketed for exceeding the five-minute idling limit? CARB says yes, but wasn’t ready to reveal specifics. LL