Idling restrictions growing more common

| 8/22/2003

Anti-idling restrictions are becoming a frequent problem for truckers as more and more states join the list of those that restrict the practice.

According to the federal Environmental Protection Agency, 18 states and the District of Columbia now have some restrictions on idling.

But the real challenge for truckers is that every state is different. In some, only one city or area is covered. In others, the restrictions on idling are universal.

“Just to give you an idea here, the time limits on these run anywhere from 3 to 5 minutes to 20 minutes to 30 minutes,”

Tom Kelley, a secretary treasurer/director of the Diesel Idling Reduction Partnership, said. “Most seem to apply to all motor vehicles. There’s a couple that go specifically to heavy duty vehicles, a couple that are specific to school buses. There’s quite the gamut here.”

However, the EPA does offer a list of those states that have restrictions. Found on the agency’s Web site at, the list says for each state that has restrictions: what laws apply to idling; what vehicles they apply to; the amount of idling time allowed; and the exemptions to the idling rules. The list was published in February, and does not contain states that have added idling restrictions since then.

States that have some type of idling restrictions are: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Virginia.

--by Mark H. Reddig, associate editor

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