lawmakers have amended a bill to protect truckers’ rights to use
muffled engine compression brakes.
considering HB237, which requires a muffler on any motor vehicle
equipped with an engine compression brake, the Senate Highways and
Transportation Committee amended the bill to make it clear that
cities cannot prohibit a truck from using an engine compression
brake device if the truck is equipped with a muffler.
member Jesse Oldham Jr. of Great Falls, MT, attended the committee
hearing March 11 and suggested the amendment that now reads: “An
operator of a commercial motor vehicle that has an engine compression
brake device with a factory-installed muffler or an equivalent aftermarket
muffler may not be prohibited from using the engine compression
says if the bill is passed, it will be an example or precedent for
other states. Then, he said, no community would have an excuse for
outlawing compression brakes.
amended bill passed the Senate March 24, and returns to the House
for approval of the amendment.
Rene Tankersley, feature editor