Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed a bill into law June 9
limiting idling for large trucks in certain areas of the state. However,
drivers idling their trucks while sleeping or resting are exempt from the rule.
The new law, previously HB4782, prohibits diesel-powered
vehicles with a gross vehicle weight of more than 8,000 pounds from stationary
idling longer than 10 minutes per hour in areas that include Chicago and East St. Louis, IL. It takes effect July 1.
Rep. Elaine Nekritz, D-Des Plains, said the rule is needed
because many times the trucks must wait three or four hours to conduct
While waiting to weigh, load or unload cargo or freight,
truckers will 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,” Nekritz wrote.
Violators will face $50 fines for a first offense. Second or
subsequent offenses within any 12-month period would result in $150 fines.
Certain exceptions apply.
The idling rule will be waived when temperatures are less
than 32 degrees or higher than 80 degrees.
Truckers will also be allowed to operate defrosters,
heaters, air conditioners, or other equipment necessary “to prevent a safety or
The idling prohibition will not apply when idling of trucks
is required “to operate auxiliary equipment to accomplish the intended use of
the vehicle.” Examples specifically cited by the bill include “loading,
unloading, mixing, or processing cargo; controlling cargo temperature, construction
operations; lumbering operations; oil and gas well servicing or farming