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BILL AS INTRODUCED 2007-2008

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S.25

Introduced by Senator Ayer of Addison District

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Conservation; motor vehicle operation; idling of vehicles

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to prohibit a motor vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating over 10,000 pounds to idle while the motor vehicle is stopped for a period of time in excess of five consecutive minutes in any 60‑minute period unless otherwise exempted under rules adopted by the department of motor vehicles.

AN ACT RELATING TO THE IDLING OF MOTOR VEHICLES

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

Sec. 1.  23 V.S.A. § 1111a is added to read:

§ 1111a.  IDLING OF MOTOR VEHICLES

(a)  On or after July 1, 2008, no person shall cause, allow, or permit the unnecessary operation of a motor vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating over 10,000 pounds while the motor vehicle is stopped for a period of time in excess of five consecutive minutes in any 60‑minute period unless otherwise exempted under rules adopted by the department of motor vehicles under subsection (c) of this section.  The following vehicles shall be exempt from this section:

(1)  Police, fire, rescue, ambulance, and other public safety motor vehicles;

(2)  Military vehicles;

(3)  Armored vehicles when a person remains inside the vehicle to guard the contents; and

(4)  Vehicles delivering fuel or energy products.

(b)  The department of motor vehicles, in collaboration with the agency of  natural resources, shall adopt rules governing the idling of a motor vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating over 10,000 pounds.  The rules shall set forth periods or circumstances that reasonably require the idling of an engine, including periods when it is necessary to operate defrosting, heating, or cooling equipment to ensure the health or safety of the driver or passengers or to operate auxiliary equipment; and periods when the engine is undergoing maintenance or inspection.  In adopting the rules, the commissioner of motor vehicles shall review standards in effect in other states and shall endeavor to maintain consistency with those standards.

(c)  A person who violates a provision of this section commits a civil violation and shall be subject to a civil penalty of not more than $500.00.



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont


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