Georgia plans to set new idling limits

| 1/4/2006

Environmental officials in Georgia plan to draft a statewide rule sometime this month that would introduce idling limits for diesel engines.

The Macon Telegraph reported that the regulation could limit idling times to less than 15 minutes and could also offer incentives to long haul truckers to avoid idling.

The state’s Environmental Protection Division was scheduled to draft the rule in August 2005, but fuel shortages caused by Hurricane Katrina made it necessary to postpone any new fuel or transportation requirements, the Telegraph reported.

Even though a draft is expected in January, it could still be several months before any final rule is set in place.

William Cook, Engine and Fuels Unit manager for the division, told the Telegraph that the EPD hopes to convene a stakeholders meeting in February or March to discuss parameters for the rule.

Cook said local governments would likely have to adopt rules reflecting the state legislation, which would then allow the local authorities to enforce the law.