West Virginia expected to extend idling limit

| March 13, 2012

West Virginia is expected to continue its anti-idling law that exempts truckers who idle for heat and cooling under specific conditions.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is expected to sign the bill that 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 from June 2010. Fines for violations range between $150 and $300.

An exemption to the rule applies when temperatures are lower than 40 degrees or higher than 75 degrees. The exemption also applies only at places such as truck terminals, truck stops and rest areas, if idle-reduction technology is unavailable.

Idling also is allowed for up to 15 minutes in an hour when loading or unloading.

Other exceptions to the rule include idling when stuck in traffic, when required by law enforcement to stop or when idling is necessary to operate defrosters, heaters, air conditioners or cargo refrigeration equipment.

Furthermore, idling restrictions don’t apply to trucks showing a California Air Resources Board engine nitrogen oxide idling emission label.

  • Marty Marsh

    All I want to know is when are these people that makes these laws going to turn the heat and AC off in there homes,or better yet in there office.They are polluting just like a truck does unless they are on solar.Oh that’s right,they are better than me.
    Just for the record I’m against idleing but you can’t set a standard because my body reacts differently to tempatures than yours.But this is just more of big business pushing there weight around,less idleing more money in there pockets.You want people to live in your trucks but you don’t want them to be confortable.
    You can’t regulate comfort just like you can’t regulate rest,yes I know you think you can.
    Bottom line,it’s all about the dollar.

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