Island lawmakers failed to pass legislation restricting idling before
the regular session ended last month.
sponsored by Rep. Joseph McNamara, D-Warwick, was intended to keep
diesel-powered vehicles from idling for long periods of time.
the bill, diesel vehicle idling standards would have been implemented,
backed up by fines ranging from $75 for a first offense to $500
for a third or subsequent violation.
called for prohibiting owners or operators of diesel-powered motor
vehicles from allowing them to idle for more than five minutes,
except under certain specified exceptions.
bill would have also prohibited school buses with diesel engines
from idling on school property or at “designated drop-off/pick-up
from the idling restriction included a motor vehicle idling “for
passenger compartment heating or air conditioning when required
to maintain a specific temperature for passenger comfort by federal,
state or local agencies; engines undergoing repairs that require
idling,” McNamara said in a March statement.
bill would have also allowed “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.”
diesel-powered vehicle would have been permitted to idle up to 20
minutes from a cold start at the owner’s or operator’s place of