SPRINGFIELD, IL – Owners of rented or leased trucks would be exempt from liability for idling violations under legislation passed March 3 by a vote of 89 to 25 in the Illinois House of Representatives. The bill, HB 4782, was introduced by Representative Elaine Nekritz (D-Des Plains) and would prohibit the idling of vehicles for more than a total of 10 minutes in any 60-minute period. The idling prohibition would apply to the operation of diesel-powered vehicles with a GVWR of 8,000 lbs. or more. When similar legislation was introduced in 2005, TRALA worked with Representative Nekritz to craft the exemption for owners of rented and leased diesel trucks. The TRALA amendment was eventually adopted by the Illinois Senate, but the bill was ultimately tabled last year. TRALA is also working with the U.S. EPA’s Smartway Program to craft a similar exemption for inclusion in model legislation to be used by other states in drafting bills that would restrict the idling time of diesel trucks. For more information on the HB 4782 or the model legislation being developed through the EPA, please contact John Lynch at (703) 299-9120 or jlynch@trala.org.

Originally posted on Fleet Financials