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TRALA Seeks Lessor Exemption in Idling Laws

July 5, 2005

ALEXANDRIA, VA — The Truck Renting and Leasing Association (TRALA) is working with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to exempt truck renting and leasing companies from liability for idling violations committed by customers. On June 28, TRALA participated in a Chicago workshop on diesel engine idling sponsored by the EPA Smart Way Program. The focus of the workshop was the development of national model legislation for states creating new diesel engine idling restriction laws. TRALA wants to ensure that any such model legislation includes an exemption for renting and leasing companies. TRALA has been working for several years at the state and local level to protect truck renting and leasing companies from liability for idling violations. As more jurisdictions consider the enactment of idling restrictions, TRALA and EPA both want to bring more uniformity to such laws from state to state. The EPA Smart Way Program is “a voluntary partnership between various freight sectors and EPA that establishes incentives for fuel efficiency improvements and greenhouse gas emission reductions.” For more information, contact TRALA's John Lynch at (703) 299-9120 or
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