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S.271

Introduced by   Senator Ayer of Addison District and Senator Lyons of Chittenden District

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Conservation; motor vehicle operation; idling of trucks

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to prohibit idling of diesel‑powered motor vehicles for more than five consecutive minutes in any 60-minute period except when certain delineated exceptions apply.

AN ACT RELATING TO THE IDLING OF DIESEL BUSES AND TRUCKS

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  23 V.S.A. § 1103 is added to read:

§ 1103.  EXCESSIVE IDLING OF HEAVY-DUTY MOTOR VEHICLES

No person who owns, operates, or leases a motor vehicle that has a gross vehicle weight rating over 10,000 pounds and is designed to operate on public roads shall cause or allow the operation of the primary propulsion engine of that vehicle for more than five consecutive minutes in any 60-minute period while the vehicle is not in motion, except when:

(1)  The vehicle is forced to remain motionless on a public road because of traffic conditions over which the operator has no control;

(2)  The vehicle is being used as an emergency vehicle in an emergency situation;

(3)  Required by a federal, state, or local law or official, but only to the extent necessary to comply with such requirement;

(4)  The vehicle’s engine is providing auxiliary power for activities other than heating or air conditioning, such as loading, refrigeration, well drilling, or farming;

(5)  Running the vehicle’s engine is necessary for maintenance, servicing, repair, or diagnostic purposes;

(6)  Running the vehicle’s engine during adverse weather conditions is necessary to ensure the safe operation of the vehicle; or

(7)  The ambient air temperature is below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, and idling of the vehicle is necessary to ensure the safety or health of the passengers or driver.

Sec. 2.  SUNSET

Subdivision 1103(a)(7) of Title 23 (exemption from diesel idling requirements when temperature is below 32 degrees Fahrenheit and idling necessary to ensure safety or health of driver or passengers) is repealed July 1, 2009.



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont


www.leg.state.vt.us