Colorado proposes 400-pound weight exemption for trucks with APUs

| 1/16/2009

Truckers headed through Colorado may soon find it a little easier to stay under weight while being able to avoid idling and keep comfortable overnight.

The Colorado Department of Revenue is proposing a rule to allow a 400-pound weight exemption for trucks that have an APU. The rule will be formally considered at a hearing on Feb. 4.

The proposed rule aims to reduce diesel and emissions from excessive engine idling.

Drivers who use the exemption must be able to prove the APU’s certified weight.

“Certification of the weight of the APU must be available to law enforcement officers if the vehicle is found in violation of applicable weight laws,” according to a draft of the Colorado rule provided to Land Line.

An existing federal law allows weight exemptions for APUs, but didn’t require states to accept the weight exemption.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 14 states don’t have an APU weight exemption.

For more information visit the Colorado Department of Revenue Web site by clicking here.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer