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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.