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Idaho amends regulations to allow truckers to idle while resting or hauling reefer load

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A law taking effect soon in Idaho will allow truckers to idle while resting or while hauling a refrigerated perishable load.

House Bill 533 authored by Rep. Clay Handy will go into effect on July 1 after being signed into law in March by Idaho Governor Brad Little.

The new law amends existing regulations related to vehicle mufflers and noise prevention to allow truckers to idle while parked under certain circumstances.

Under the new law, truckers may allow their vehicle to idle “for the purpose of using the vehicle’s heating or air conditioning system as long as the driver is parked for the purposes of resting or sleeping.” Truckers are also permitted to use auxiliary power units to provide heating or air conditioning to the vehicle under the new law.

The law also permits truckers to idle while parked if they are hauling a refrigerated perishable load, pharmaceuticals, or both.

Handy has served twice as President of the Idaho Trucking Association and comes from a trucking family.

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