Truck Idling Regulations

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has compiled a list of idling requirements for various state jurisdictions across the country. Because of the vast number of local and state regulations differ tremendously throughout the country, it is often difficult to know all the laws that govern idling requirements in a specific geographical area.

Many commercial fleets travel vast areas of the country and may be effected by a large number of different local and state regulations. Because of this, it is imperative that all your supervisors and drivers understand the idling laws that may potentially affect them during their trip.

  • Most state mandated idling times are between five and fifteen minutes.
  • Idling times can depend on many different variables such as traffic conditions, temperature, weather conditions, and manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Fines can range anywhere from $100 to $2,500 depending on the nature of the violation. This can create a substantial cost impact to both your company and your drivers if you do not follow the government regulations regarding this law.
  • Certain jurisdictions are imposing up to one year imprisonment for repeat and egress idling time violations.

Visit the American Transportation Research Institute for more information and resources regarding specific state and local idling times and fines.

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