restrictions are becoming a frequent problem for truckers as more
and more states join the list of those that restrict the practice.
to the federal Environmental Protection Agency, 18 states and
the District of Columbia now have some restrictions on idling.
the real challenge for truckers is that every state is different.
In some, only one city or area is covered. In others, the restrictions
on idling are universal.
to give you an idea here, the time limits on these run anywhere
from 3 to 5 minutes to 20 minutes to 30 minutes,”
Kelley, a secretary treasurer/director of the Diesel Idling Reduction
Partnership, said. “Most seem to apply to all motor vehicles.
There’s a couple that go specifically to heavy duty vehicles,
a couple that are specific to school buses. There’s quite the
the EPA does offer a list of those states that have restrictions.
Found on the agency’s Web site at http://www.epa.gov/orcdizux/retrofit/documents/s03002.pdf,
the list says for each state that has restrictions: what laws
apply to idling; what vehicles they apply to; the amount of idling
time allowed; and the exemptions to the idling rules. The list
was published in February, and does not contain states that have
added idling restrictions since then.
that have some type of idling restrictions are: Arizona, California,
Colorado, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Maryland,
Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire,
New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Virginia.
Mark H. Reddig, associate editor
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