Rhode Island lawmaker is pushing legislation to keep diesel-powered
vehicles from idling for prolonged periods of time.
H5190, introduced by House Deputy Majority Leader Joseph
McNamara, D-Warwick, diesel vehicle idling standards would
be implemented, backed up by fines ranging from $75 for a
first offense to $500 for a third or subsequent violation.
before the House Committee on Corporations, the bill “would
prohibit owners or operators of diesel-powered motor vehicles
from allowing them to idle for more than five minutes, except
under certain specified exceptions,” McNamara said in a statement.
bill would also prohibit school buses with diesel engines
from idling on school property, or at “designated drop-off/pick-up
from the idling restriction would "allow diesel-powered
engines to idle when the outdoor temperature is below 20
degrees Fahrenheit, and to idle up to 15 minutes each hour
when the outdoor temperature is between 20 and 32 degrees.
A diesel-powered vehicle would also be allowed to idle up
to 20 minutes from a cold start at the owner's or operator's
place of business," McNamara said.