Vermont bill restricts idling

| 1/12/2004

A Vermont state lawmaker introduced a bill during the Assembly's opening day that would limit the idling time for some trucks.

In an effort to reduce diesel emissions, the legislation introduced Jan. 6 by Sen. Gerry Gossens, D-Salisbury, would bar any diesel-powered vehicle from idling for longer than three minutes when the temperature is above –10 degrees Fahrenheit or 10 minutes when it's colder than –10 F.

“Exceptions in both cases would exist for vehicles stopped in traffic, vehicles whose primary power source is used for necessary operations other than propulsion and temperature control,” Gossens wrote.

Drivers idling their trucks while sleeping or resting would also be exempt from the proposed rule.

S250 has been forwarded to the Senate Committee on Transportation.