2017 idling exemptions

Which states give truckers a break when the temps are unbearable

Whether it’s sweltering hot or freezing cold, extreme temperatures can cause problems for truckers. Idling laws can add to that problem and knowing which state or locale has what kind of exemption can be a bit tricky. That’s why Land Line has compiled a list of state, county and city idling exemption laws to determine what is allowed when the temperatures are agonizing. For a list of the complete idling laws, including fines and time limits, visit LandLineMag.com.

ARIZONA Maricopa County
EXEMPTIONS

  • Adverse weather conditions
  • HOS compliance

CALIFORNIA Statewide
EXEMPTIONS

  • Adverse weather conditions
  • Prevent safety or health emergency

Auburn
EXEMPTIONS

  • Prevent safety or health emergency
  • HOS compliance at truck/rest stop

Sacramento
EXEMPTIONS

  • Prevent safety or health emergency
  • HOS compliance at truck/rest stop

Placer County (NE of Sacramento)
EXEMPTIONS

  • Prevent safety or health emergency
  • HOS compliance at truck/rest stop

COLORADO Statewide
EXEMPTIONS

  • Safety reasons
  • HOS compliance at truck/rest stop or area legally permitted to park at least 1,000 feet from residence, school, daycare, hospital or senior citizen center

Aspen
EXEMPTIONS

  • Safety reasons
  • To achieve an engine temperature of 120 degrees and an air pressure of 100 pounds per square inch

Basalt
EXEMPTIONS

  • Safety reasons
  • To achieve an engine temperature of 120 degrees and an air pressure of 100 pounds per square inch

City and County of Denver
EXEMPTIONS

  • Less than 20 degrees for previous 24-hour period
  • Less than 10 degrees

Mountain Village
EXEMPTIONS

  • Safety reasons
  • Time required to achieve a proper temperature and air pressure

CONNECTICUT Statewide
EXEMPTIONS

  • Ensure safety or health of driver/passengers
  • Less than 20 degrees

Norwalk
EXEMPTIONS

  • Less than 20 degrees

DELAWARE Statewide
EXEMPTIONS

  • Power during sleeping or resting beyond 25 miles of truck stop with available electrified equipment

IDAHO Ketchum
EXEMPTIONS

  • Safety reasons

ILLINOIS
Cities of Aux Sable, Goose Lake, and Oswego
Counties of Cook, DuPage, Lake, Kane, McHenry, Will, Madison, St. Clair, Monroe
EXEMPTIONS

  • Prevent a safety or health emergency
  • Resting in a sleeper berth

Evanston
EXEMPTIONS

  • Prevent a safety or health emergency

Westmont
EXEMPTIONS

  • Prevent a safety or health emergency

KANSAS
Counties of Johnson and Wyandotte

EXEMPTIONS

  • While operating heaters, defrosters, air conditioners, safety lights or other equipment for safety or health reasons and not part of a rest period
  • Sleeper berth during a government-mandated rest period

MAINE Statewide
EXEMPTIONS

  • Zero degrees or colder
  • Operation of defrosters, heaters or A/C to prevent safety or health emergency
  • Operation of heaters or A/C while waiting to load/unload
  • Sleeper berth A/C or heat during rest or sleep periods

MICHIGAN Detroit
EXEMPTIONS

  • If the vehicle is motionless for more than two hours and the temperature is less than 25 degrees

MINNESOTA
Minneapolis

EXEMPTIONS

  • Operation of defrosters, heaters or A/C to prevent safety or health emergency
  • Sleeper berth A/C or heat during rest or sleep periods
  • A/C or heat in an occupied vehicle waiting to load or unload

MISSOURI
Counties of Clay, Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Platte, St. Charles, St. Louis

EXEMPTIONS

  • Prevent safety/health emergency
  • During government-mandated rest periods
  • APUs

City of St. Louis
EXEMPTIONS

  • Adverse weather conditions

St. Louis County
EXEMPTIONS

  • Operating a loading, unloading, or processing device

NEW HAMPSHIRE Statewide
EXEMPTIONS

  • Defrost windshield
  • Less than 10 degrees

NEW JERSEY Statewide
EXEMPTIONS

  • Auxiliary power unit/generator set, bunk heaters etc.
  • Sleeper berth with 2007 or newer engine or diesel particulate filter

NEW YORK Statewide
EXEMPTIONS

  • Comply with passenger comfort laws
  • Parked for more than 2 hours and less than 25 degrees

Larchmont and Mamaroneck
EXEMPTIONS

  • Temperature less than 40 degrees
  • Engine being used to operate a loading or unloading or processing device

New Rochelle
EXEMPTIONS

  • Comply with passenger comfort laws

New York City
EXEMPTIONS

  • Operate loading, unloading or processing device

Saratoga Springs
EXEMPTIONS

  • Vehicles forced to remain motionless because of conditions
  • Vehicles complying with federal, state or local regulations
  • Vehicles left idling in order to maintain temperature within the vehicle necessary for the health of the driver/passengers

Westchester County
EXEMPTIONS

  • Passenger comfort

NORTH CAROLINA Statewide
EXEMPTIONS

  • Safety or health emergency

OHIO

Cleveland
EXEMPTIONS

  • Prevent safety or health emergency
  • Sleeping or resting in a sleeper berth

Maple Heights
EXEMPTIONS

  • Prevent safety or health emergency
  • Sleeping or resting in a sleeper berth

South Euclid
EXEMPTIONS

  • Sleeper or resting in a sleeper berth
  • Prevent safety or health hazard

OREGON Statewide
EXEMPTIONS

  • Operating defrosting, heating or air conditioners
  • Temperatures below 50 degrees or above 75 degrees during rest or sleep period or while waiting to load or unload

PENNSYLVANIA Statewide
EXEMPTIONS

  • Prevent safety or health emergencies
  • Temperatures below 40 degrees or above 75 degrees during rest or sleep period

Allegheny County
EXEMPTIONS

  • Sleeping/resting in truck
  • Ensure safe operation

RHODE ISLAND
EXEMPTIONS

  • Ensure health or safety of driver/passengers

SOUTH CAROLINA Statewide
EXEMPTIONS

  • Prevent safety or health emergency
  • Sleeper berth A/C or heat during (a) rest or sleep periods; (b) less than 40 degrees or higher than 80 degrees; or (c) at rest areas, terminals, truck stops, or legal parking locations more than 500 ft. from homes or schools
  • While waiting to load/unload

TEXAS
Counties of Bastrop, Caldwell, Collin, Hays, Kaufman, Tarrant, Travis and Williamson
Cities of Arlington, Austin, Bastrop, Benbrook, Cedar Hill, Celina, Colleyville, Dallas, Elgin, Euless, Georgetown, Hurst, Hutto, Keene, Lake Worth, Lancaster, Little Elm, Lockhart, Luling, Mabank, McKinney, Mesquite, North Richland Hills, Pecan Hill, Round Rock, Rowlett, San Marcos, University Park and Westlake

EXEMPTIONS

  • Defrost windshield
  • HOS compliance beyond 2 miles of available external heat or A/C connection

Houston
EXEMPTIONS

  • The motor vehicle when idling is necessary to power a heater or air conditioner while a driver is using the vehicle’s sleeper berth for a government-mandated rest period and is not within two miles of a facility offering external heating and air conditioning connections at a time when those connections are available

San Antonio (pending)
EXEMPTIONS

  • Vehicles with a sleeper berth, only during a government-mandated rest period
  • For employee health or safety while employee is using vehicle to perform an essential job function related to road construction or maintenance during a government-mandated rest period

UTAH

Park City
EXEMPTIONS

  • Emergency situations
  • Health or safety (includes temperatures below 32 and above 90)

Salt Lake County
EXEMPTIONS

  • To heat/cool sleeper-berth if more than 500 feet from any residence

Salt Lake City
EXEMPTIONS

  • Prevent safety or health emergency
  • No limit to operate air conditioner or heater with temperatures below 32 or above 90

VERMONT Statewide
EXEMPTIONS

  • Rest-period idling
  • Health or safety of vehicle occupant

Burlington
EXEMPTIONS

  • Health and safety of driver or passenger

WEST VIRGINIA Statewide
EXEMPTIONS

  • Prevent safety or health emergency
  • Sleeper berth A/C or heat when less than 40 degrees or higher than 75 degrees at legal parking locations
  • Waiting for a police escort for a permitted load
  • When necessary to operate defrosters, heater, A/C or cargo reefer equipment

WISCONSIN

Madison
EXEMPTIONS

  • Temperatures below 40 or above 80