Oregon Senate bill restricting most truckers stopped in the state
from idling their rigs for more than five minutes has died.
Ginny Burdick, D-Portland, introduced the bill in an effort to reduce
diesel emissions by cutting idling time to five minutes for vehicles
weighing more than 8,500 pounds. In addition, the Oregon Environmental
Quality Commission would have been required to test heavy-duty diesel
heavy-duty diesel vehicle shall be tested for emissions if the vehicle
is observed producing visible emissions or if the age of the vehicle
indicates that it is likely to produce emissions that would exceed
the standards adopted,” Burdick wrote.
would have exempted from the idling restriction reefers and trucks
with “auxiliary equipment that requires the engine to idle to provide
power to the equipment.”
bill was in the Senate Transportation and Economic Development Committee
when the Legislature’s regular session ended Aug. 27.