California to start fining idling truckers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Trucking Association is reminding truckers who haul into the Golden State that as of January 1, sleeper berth tractors will no longer be allowed to idle when drivers are resting or sleeping.

The limit for idling trucks is five minutes. Beyond that, drivers caught running the engine will be fined a minimum of $300.

Furthermore, on Feb. 15, state inspectors will begin checking for engine emission control labels as part of the routine roadside inspection program.

Drivers with a missing or tampered label are subject to a $300 fine, with another $500 tacked on if proof or repair is not provided within 45 days.

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