Idling regulation goes into effect in Oregon next year
Truck regulations observe various aspects of the industry, from maintenance to what hours vehicles can be operated. Recently, a new law was passed in Oregon to reduce the time truckers are allowed to idle their engines without facing consequences, reports Trucking Info.
Vehicles cannot be kept running while stopped for more than five minutes over the course of one hour, according to the bill, called HB 2081.
The updated regulations will take effect at the beginning of 2012. If not followed, truckers could face fines close to $200 that must be paid by themselves and not their employers.
There are a few exceptions to the rule. If a driver is taking a break in the cabin, they may leave the heat or air conditioning running when the temperature drops below 50 degrees or rises above 75 degrees. However, if the vehicle has a separate power source or additional idle-reduction equipment, the restriction still stands.
According to The Trucker, the law will apply to any tractor-trailer on the road. Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber was the official to sign the new guideline into effect.
Tuesday, June 21st, 2011
Truck regulations observe various aspects of the industry, from maintenance to what hours vehicles can be operated.