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New Oregon anti-idling law effective Jan. 1, 2012

There is an exemption for commercial vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 26,000 pounds for purposes of air conditioning or heating during a rest or sleep period and the outside temperature is less than 50 degrees or greater than 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

The Trucker News Services

12/30/2011

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon’s new anti-idling law goes into effect Jan. 1, 2012, but the law allows plenty of leeway for hot and cold weather.

The law is aimed at reducing greenhouse gas and other emissions even further by limiting to five minutes in any continuous 60-minute period idling by commercial vehicles with a gross vehicle weight of 10,000 pounds.

Violations will result in a Class C traffic violation.

However, there is an exemption for commercial vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 26,000 pounds for purposes of air conditioning or heating during a rest or sleep period and the outside temperature is less than 50 degrees or greater than 75 degrees Fahrenheit. The exemption applies to a commercial vehicle with a sleeper berth compartment that is parked in any place that a commercial vehicle is legally permitted to park, including, but not limited to, a fleet trucking terminal, commercial vehicle stop or designated rest area. The exemption also applies when a truck is loading or unloading.

This exemption does not apply if the commercial vehicle is equipped with an auxiliary power unit or other suitable idle reduction technology, if the commercial vehicle is parked at a location equipped with suitable stationary idle reduction technology that is available for use, or during a rest or sleep period when the commercial vehicle is parked on or adjacent to a public or private educational institution offering education in all or part of kindergarten through grade 12, unless the outside temperature is greater than 75 degrees Fahrenheit and the auxiliary power unit provides heating only.

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Other exemptions include:

• Responding emergency vehicles, armored trucks, construction vehicles and commercial buses may fall under idling exemptions, and

• Idling periods for state or federal safety inspections or repair/diagnostic work are exempt.

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