EPA releases anti-idle information

| Tuesday, September 23, 2003

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has published a summary of the state laws and regulations that restrict idling. This list includes provisions from 18 states and the District of Columbia.

Only in some states are the restrictions statewide and apply to all diesel commercial vehicles (and in some cases to private passenger vehicles). The compilation includes the citation of the statute, regulation or ordinance under which the violation is created however, does not include the range of penalties that may be imposed or how closely jurisdictions enforce anti-idling restrictions.

Most of the anti-idling limits range anywhere from three to 30 minutes, with Montana being the most liberal on the rule, allowing no more than two hours of idle time during a 12-hour period when the state issues an air quality advisory ruling.

Some but not all of the states have included idling exemptions in certain circumstances such as traffic conditions, loading and unloading, repairs or inspections, and for auxiliary purposes.

To read the list, go to: http://www.epa.gov/orcdizux/retrofit/documents/s03002.pdf.

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