— The Allegheny County Health Department is considering a new rule to limit unnecessary idling of heavy-duty diesel vehicles.
The proposal is part of a growing effort nationwide to address the issue of idling. On February 14, 2005, the county held a public hearing on the proposed idling rule, which would limit idling of heavy-duty diesel powered vehicles to no more than five minutes. If approved, violators would face fines of up to $500 for repeat offenses. More information on the proposed idling regulation available at: www.achd.net/airqual/pubs/pdf/dpmvehicpreg.pdf.