ARLINGTON, Va. – The American Transportation Research Institute has updated the listing of state and local idling regulations found on its website, www.atri-online.org. The updated listing is provided in two forms, a cab card which can be downloaded and carried in the glove box of a truck and the online compendium which provides links to individual regulations.
Recent updates include the enactment of new limits in Chicago and the Ohio cities of Cleveland and Maple Heights. Changes to idling regulations in Illinois, New Jersey and South Euclid, Ohio are also noted. The specific updates include:
• A new 3-minute limit, with exemptions, has been enacted in Chicago, Illinois.
• New 5-minute limits, with exemptions, have been enacted in the cities of Cleveland and Maple Heights, Ohio.
• A change to the Illinois state limit increases the initial fine to $90 and adds an exemption for the use of idle reduction technologies.
• A change to the New Jersey state limit is scheduled to take effect on May 1, 2010 which will restrict the current sleeper berth exemption to only those sleeper berths which have 2007 or newer diesel engines or diesel particulate filters. (The Pennsylvania state limit is scheduled to eliminate its current sleeper berth exemption on May 1, 2010 as well.)
• Changes to the South Euclid, Ohio limit have been added.
ATRI continues to monitor the development of idling regulations across the country and maintains the compendium and cab card as a free service to help trucking companies and truck drivers comply with the increasing number of state and local idling regulations.
ATRI is the trucking industry’s not-for-profit research organization. It is engaged in critical research relating to freight transportation’s essential role in maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation system.
Kevin Jones of The Trucker staff can be reached for comment at email@example.com.