Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 60.61
Liaison Roxane Beigel-Coryell
Submission Date June 30, 2011
Executive Letter Download

STARS v1.0

California State University, Channel Islands
Tier2-11: Prohibiting Idling

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Bill Kupfer
Director Environment, Safety, Risk Management
Human Resources
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Has the institution adopted a policy prohibiting idling?:

A brief description of the policy:

Off Road Diesel Vehicles
Prohibition on Extended Idling

1. Introduction

The State of California Air Resource Board has developed regulations to reduce diesel particulate matter and criteria pollutant emissions from off-road diesel fueled vehicles. These regulations impact the University in several ways, one of which is a prohibition on unnecessary vehicle idling.

The regulation applies to all self propelled off-road diesel vehicles over 25 horsepower owned by the University. These include diesel mowers, tractors, back hoes, street sweepers and other “off road” equipment.

2. Definitions

Off Road Vehicle – Off-road vehicles are self propelled vehicles that can not be registered and driven safely on-road or were not designed to be driven on-road and are not an implement of husbandry or a recreational off-highway vehicle.

3. Authority/References

California Code of Regulations; Title 13, Section 2449, General Requirements for In-Use Off-Road Diesel-Fueled Fleets

4. Prohibition on Extended Idling of Off Road Diesel Vehicles

No vehicle or engine subject to this regulation may idle for more than five consecutive minutes. The idling limits took effect on June 15, 2008 when the off road diesel regulation became effective under California law.

The five minute idling limit does not apply to:

• Idling when queuing
• Idling to verify that the vehicle is in safe operating condition
• Idling for testing, servicing, repairing or diagnostic purposes
• Idling necessary to accomplish work for which the vehicle was designed (e.g. operating a crane or holding a load)
• Idling to bring the machine system to operating temperature as specified by the manufacturer
• Idling necessary to ensure safe operation of the vehicle

Generally, idling over five minutes is allowed to accomplish necessary functions (for example, concrete agitation, holding a load) or to ensure health and safety of operators or others in the work area (for example, providing air conditioning or heat to ensure health and safety of the vehicle operator).

The website URL where information about the policy is available:

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