California board now taking comment on new idling rules

| Monday, August 23, 2004

The California Air Resources Board is now taking public comment regarding its new idling restrictions, which the board approved July 22.

The state agency’s ruling will restrict most diesel engine idling in the state to five minutes. However, the board did allow a number of exceptions, and has delayed until 2009 or later the effective date for many rules affecting trucks with sleeper berths. Until then, truckers in vehicles with sleeper berths may idle if they are taking a rest period required under the hours-of-service regulations, Jerry Martin, a spokesman for the air board, told Land Line.

The board started to take public comment Friday, Aug. 20, the day it announced the start of the comment period. Truckers and others can let the board know their opinion on the new regulations until Sept. 7.

Comments can be e-mailed to idling@listserv.arb.ca.gov, faxed to (916) 322-3928 or mailed to:

Clerk of the Board
Air Resources Board
1001 I Street, 23rd Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

The proposed regulations can be accessed at www.arb.ca.gov/regact/idling/isorappa.doc. The latest modifications to the proposal can be read at www.arb.ca.gov/regact/idling/att1.pdf.

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