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Truck Drivers With Idling Engines Face Fines in Florida

June 19th, 2008 by flanews

Soon truck drivers in Florida will have to kill their engines if they’re not moving. The Environmental Regulation Commission approved a rule Thursday, imposing fines from keeping an 18-wheelers idling for more than five consecutive minutes. The plan is to cut greenhouse emissions. Anne Blair with the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy said the emissions from diesels are not only bad for the environment, they can also make you sick.

“They are a contributor to many adverse health impacts, such as respiratory and lung disease. It exacerbates asthma attacks and many other health problems in localized areas where you often find large concentrations of diesel engines,” said Blair.

The rule goes into effect on December 15th. There are exemptions for truck drivers who sleep in their cabs and refrigerator trucks drivers who need to keep their engine running so cargo doesn’t spoil.

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