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Mike H's Comment
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Now I don't know about idling with a special type of certified engine. You would probably have to speak with someone in California on that or start digging through their policies online. But I'll promise you one thing - don't take your company's word for it. Just because they say it's ok doesn't mean anything. If you get a $350 ticket they're probably going to shrug their shoulders and say, "Sorry, but it's your job to know the laws."

Ok did some recearch on Cali state websites. What I've come up with us state law allows "clean air idle" certified engines if you have the sticker and paperwork that goes with it to idle under 2 conditions. 1 you have to be at least 100 feet from a residential area and 2 someone has to be resting in the sleeper berth. The other thing is cities and towns make up their own rules also stating no idle whatsoever. Unable to find a list of those cities and towns. I do know Lodi ca and Ontario Ca @ the Ta are 2 of these places.

Sleeper Berth:

The portion of the tractor behind the seats which acts as the "living space" for the driver. It generally contains a bed (or bunk beds), cabinets, lights, temperature control knobs, and 12 volt plugs for power.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Good work Michael! Diggin up the goods!

It's funny because in California apparently someone is always making the laws more strict. The Federal Government doesn't have any laws against idling, but some states do. Then they come up with a policy to let certain qualified trucks idle in the state and the cities pass their own laws stopping it.

And of course Ontario, CA where the truck stops are at don't allow idling. Can you imagine the revenues the city gets from handing out those tickets day and night?

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

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