Bill that would fine terminals for making trucks wait dies

| Friday, May 30, 2003

A bill that would have punished marine or rail terminals for making trucks wait in line more than 30 minutes to enter the terminal has died in Illinois’ General Assembly.

HB2563 was an anti-idling measure. The bill would have fined the terminals $250 for every truck that was made to idle or wait in line for more than 30 minutes. Taking any action to try to avoid the rule would have resulted in a fine of $750 per truck.

The bill also would have made it a misdemeanor for the terminal to seek reimbursement of the fine from the vehicle operator.

The bill was initially assigned to the Environment and Energy Committee, but was then referred to the Rules Committee. It remained in committee May 29, with the General Assembly’s session this year scheduled to end shortly after that.