’08 truck engines must have ‘clean idle’ stickers to run in California

| 3/24/2008

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 California Air Resources Board requires that trucks traveling on California highways with 2008 model year engines and newer have software activated in their ECMs 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, however, are allowed to idle, although CARB has discussed ending that exemption as well.

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.

Land Line was unable to immediately reach Cummins spokesman Monday.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer