Pennsylvania still accepts public comments on proposed idling ban

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line staff writer | 2/21/2008

Pennsylvania lawmakers and regulators want to approve a new statewide idling restriction – they’re just deciding whether it will be a regulation or a law.

A proposed anti-idling regulation and companion legislation are making their way toward an approval that could happen by summer.

In mid-February, the Pennsylvania Senate unanimously approved a bill that would limit idling to five minutes in most cases except when temperatures are lower than 40 degrees or higher than 75 degrees. That bill is awaiting consideration in the state’s House Transportation Committee, as of Thursday, Feb. 21.

The state’s Environmental Quality Board held three public hearings in February on a proposed idling limit for trucks, school buses and transit buses of five minutes per hour in most cases. Exemptions would be allowed to heat or cool the truck’s sleeper berth when temperatures are below 40 degrees or above 75 degrees outside, although that exemption would end on May 1, 2010.

The Environmental Quality Board will receive public comments until March 17.

Written comments, suggestions and objections can be mailed to:

Environmental Quality Board
P.O. Box 8477
Harrisburg, PA 17105

or to:

Rachel Carson State Office Building
16th Floor
400 Market St
Harrisburg, PA 17101

Comments also may be submitted through an online form available at

Idling rules are already enforced in Allegheny County and in Philadelphia.

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