Public meeting on idling restriction set for March 6 in North Bend, WA

By Clarissa Kell-Holland, Land Line staff writer | 2/24/2012

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is encouraging members to attend a meeting on Tuesday, March 6, in North Bend, WA, to further discuss a proposed restriction that would limit drivers’ idling time to five minutes within city limits.

The City of North Bend recently sent out a public notice to residents urging them to attend the meeting or submit written comments concerning the proposed ordinance. The ordinance would apply to vehicles with a gross vehicle weight of 10,001 pounds or greater, but city work trucks, public safety vehicles, buses, motor homes and farm equipment would be exempted from the idling restriction.

The meeting is at 7 p.m. on March 6 at the Mt. Si Senior Center in North Bend.

According to the meeting notice, each person will be given an opportunity to briefly speak about how the proposed ordinance will affect truck drivers’ livelihoods. If passed, the ordinance would go into effect in May 2014, and both the driver and landowner allowing the idling “may be cited.”

The North Bend City Council is also urging drivers to submit comments in writing.

In an effort to reduce emissions, the council is urging the trucking industry to “promote APUs on the individual trucks, seeking grants for construction of electrified parking areas that provide an alternative to drivers.”

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