An effort in the Indiana General Assembly to further restrict where
large trucks can use their engine brakes has died.
A bill that would have allowed local authorities to adopt ordinances
prohibiting the use of compression engine release brakes on highways in their
jurisdictions remained in committee Feb. 2, missing the deadline to advance.
Sponsored by Sen. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn, the measure – SB137 – would
have extended the state’s prohibition on engine brakes. Existing Indiana law bans the brakes’ use on the Indiana Toll Road in counties with populations between
145,000 and 148,000, namely Porter County, east of Gary.
The bill would not have prohibited truck drivers from using their
engine brakes if their vehicles’ service brake systems fail.
The local authority’s power to ban engine brakes would not have applied
to any highway or street in the state highway system.
Any authority adopting the local ordinance would have been required to
post signs at each end of an affected highway alerting drivers of the ban.