School District Responsibilities under the New Law: Clean Air Board Analysis of the Diesel-Powered Motor Vehicle Idling Act

School District Responsibilities under the New Law: Clean Air Board Analysis of the Diesel-Powered Motor Vehicle Idling Act (PDF)

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Act 124 of 2008 (S.B. 295, PN 2485), the Diesel-Powered Motor Vehicle Idling Act, was
adopted by the General Assembly on Oct. 7, 2008, and signed by the Governor on Oct. 8,
2008. Act 124 takes effect on February 6, 2009. The new law was adopted when the
Department of Environmental Protection was in the process of finalizing regulations
restricting diesel engine idling. After the new law was adopted, DEP withdrew its
regulations, since the regulations were no longer necessary. The law provides restrictions
substantially identical to those proposed by DEP.
Idling Restrictions Apply to School Buses and School Vehicles
The statute prohibits drivers, owners, and facility owners from causing or allowing the
engine of a diesel-powered motor vehicle with a GVWR of 10,001 pounds or more to idle
more than a total of 5 minutes in any continuous 60-minute period, with certain
exceptions.
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