The Illinois House has approved a bill that would limit
idling for large trucks to in certain areas of the state.
Drivers idling their trucks while sleeping or resting would
be exempt from the proposed rule.
House lawmakers voted 89-25 earlier this month to prohibit
diesel-powered vehicles with a gross vehicle weight of more than 8,000 pounds
from stationary idling longer than 10 minutes per hour in the Chicago and East
St. Louis, IL. The bill has been sent to the Senate for further consideration.
While waiting to weigh, load or unload cargo or freight,
truckers would have their idling limited to no more than 30 minutes per hour, “unless they are in a line of vehicles that regularly and periodically moves
forward,” wrote Rep. Elaine Nekritz, D-Des Plaines.
Violators would face a fine of $50 for a first offense. A
second or subsequent offense within any 12-month period would result in a $150
Certain exceptions would apply.
The proposed idling rule would be waived when temperatures
are less than 32 degrees Fahrenheit or higher than 80 degrees.
Truck drivers would also be allowed to operate defrosters,
heaters, air conditioners, or other equipment necessary “to prevent a safety or
The idling prohibition wouldn’t apply when idling of trucks
is required “to operate auxiliary equipment to accomplish the intended use of
the vehicle,” such as controlling cargo temperature, loading, unloading or
HB4782 is in the Senate Rules Committee.