Truck idling to be stopped in Oregon
Recent Bill passed in Oregon to ban the idling of commercial truck engines.
Friday, June 3, 2011 - 01:26
The Oregon Legislature recently passed an interesting bill which will prohibit the idling of commercial trucks. Prompted by the Department of Environmental Quality, House Bill 2081 promises to save 19 million gallons of fuel per year, according to Representative Cliff Bentz (R-Ontario).
Apparently commercial truck drivers often idle the engines of their trucks to keep stable temperatures in their cabins, however using the engine for this purpose wastes a significant amount of fuel as well as creates high levels of noise pollution. Another initiative proposed specially created electrical hook-up sites for truck drivers to use to reduce the need to use their engines.
The penalty for idling of trucks will be a $180 fine of the driver, rather than the owner, of the commercial truck. Here's hoping this bill will be all it promises ... but it may be simply a "band-aid" approach to bigger environmental concerns here in Oregon.
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