On Jan. 23, Missouri and New Hampshire legislatures held hearings on bills that would allow the auxiliary power unit weight exemption permitted on trucks to be increased.
Bill extends the rule banning heavy truck idling more than 15 minutes an hour. The bill removes a sunset date of May 1 that was in the original rule.
Trucks that aren’t equipped with idle-reduction technology will be prohibited from idling more than five minutes an hour in public areas.
TR Auto Truck Plaza on Interstate 40 in Dandridge was closed and seized by a bank.
Company wants truck stops with at least 75 parking spaces to participate in a national program to reduce idling.
Commercial vehicles are limited to five minutes of idling an hour on property open to the public, with exceptions.
The Idle Guard 200, from Transportation Safety Technologies, automatically prevents unnecessary engine idling, the company says.
Trucks were exempt from the idling restriction under a 2008 state law.
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