No Idle Laws

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Ginger G.'s Comment
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I am just getting back into trucking after 12 years and I am so nervous about all these no idle laws. How can I cool or warm my cab when I need to? What if I want to bring my dog with me and it's 90+ degrees outside? Does anyone have ideas for me? I really appreciate the help. Thank you

Cody B.'s Comment
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I am just getting back into trucking after 12 years and I am so nervous about all these no idle laws. How can I cool or warm my cab when I need to? What if I want to bring my dog with me and it's 90+ degrees outside? Does anyone have ideas for me? I really appreciate the help. Thank you

I idle just about everywhere I go and I haven't gotten a ticket yet *knock on wood* I was worried about that at first but DOT and local pd don't seem to bother with it especially in the summer time I'm sure they're aware that it's hot and don't bother us drivers, if your really worried a lot of companies have apu's installed in their trucks so idling is no worry. But I wouldn't worry to much about it

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

APU:

Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

APU's:

Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

Lawrence H.'s Comment
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Can you afford an APU its legal and your not running a 500hp. Engine To keep comfortable.

APU:

Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

Eckoh's Comment
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From what i have seen is they are there to make tree huggers happy, they are RARELY if ever enforced

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