TRUCKS' IDLING TIMES * USA
* Texas - City Council to vote on limit to idling time for trucks
The San Antonio City Council will take up a potential ban on heavy truck idling at its meeting today... If adopted, drivers of vehicles greater than 14,000 pounds that are not certified as clean-idling must shut off their engines after five minutes. There are several exemptions for law enforcement, military and emergency responders, among others... The proposed ordinance is intended to curb emissions of nitrogen oxides and other pollutants that when exposed to sunlight can form ozone, a key component of smog. The measure is one local governments have proposed as a way to curb ozone levels ahead of a looming deadline that could trigger more federal oversight. The language of the ban closely mirrors an order Bexar County adopted May 3... If adopted, it would take effect in 10 days, with penalties starting Jan. 1. Violators could face similar penalties as those that apply to parking offenders...
(Photo: Bob Owen, Staff / San Antonio Express - Andrew Winter, Environmental Engineer with the County of Bexar Environmental Law Enforcement, takes educational flyers to truckers as he and others members of his team went on an educational enforcement run to let truck drivers know about the anti-idling restrictions, on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at the Flying J Travel Plaza on I-10 east) -- San Antonio, TXS, USA - San Antonio Express News, by Brendan Gibbons - June 29, 2016