CARB ticketing truckers for violating five-minute idling limit

| 1/14/2009

California truck stop visitors, beware – the California Air Resources Board is aggressively pursuing drivers who idle diesel trucks beyond the state’s five-minute limit.

Several truck drivers have reported to Land Line Now and Land Line Magazine that CARB enforcement officers have been watching truck stops in Barstow and Ontario, CA. The enforcement officer is using an unmarked pickup truck to watch trucks idle, OOIDA members Larry “Trucking dad” and Tammy “Nightingale” Moseley of Nineveh, IN, told Land Line.

The Moseleys – who make regular runs to California – use an APU to avoid fines.

“They weren’t messing with people running APU units,” Tammy Moseley said.

A different OOIDA member was issued a ticket for idling for seven minutes. The driver left his truck running while going into the truck stop mechanic shop in Barstow, CA.

CARB’s idling regulation prevents diesel trucks from idling beyond five minutes unless such idling was for safety, maintenance, for temperature-dependent loads or to prevent a health emergency.

In 2008, California began enforcing a new idling limit that no longer exempts sleeper time, although it does exempt idling of trucks carrying temperature-dependent loads, performing safety or maintenance checks and “to prevent a health emergency.”

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer