Vehicle Idling Policy
POLICY NUMBER: 6.25-07
Purpose: Air pollution is a major public health
concern in Portland Water District’s Service Area. Air pollution can
cause or aggravate lung illnesses as well as impose significant
economic costs and negative impacts on our quality of life. Exhaust
from both on- and off-road vehicles is a source of carbon monoxide,
particulate matter, toxic air contaminants, and greenhouse gases.
The Portland Water District can play an important role in improving
air quality by limiting the amount of time the District vehicles are
allowed to idle. As an environmental leader in the water and
wastewater fields the District has the responsibility to be a leader
by the adoption of effective policies to improve air quality. Under
this policy, limitations and guidelines on engine idling are
established by the District to reduce the idling of District
Scope: This policy applies to all District vehicles regardless of gross vehicle weight rating, all heavy duty vehicles regardless of the fuel being used, all off-road diesel equipment regardless of horsepower rating, and all off-road equipment regardless of fuel being used, except as provided as specific exceptions stated in the policy. This policy also applies to contractors working for the Portland Water District and shall be included in the contract documents. Responsibility: The interpretation of this policy shall be the responsibility of the General Manager.
Policy: The driver of a vehicle shall turn off the engine upon stopping at a destination and shall not cause or allow an engine to idle at any location for: 1. More than ten consecutive minutes or 2. a period or periods totaling more than ten minutes in any one hour period.
An equipment operator of an off-road piece of equipment shall not cause or allow an engine to idle at any location for: 1. More than ten consecutive minutes or 2. a period or periods totaling more than ten minutes in any one hour period The District shall ensure that a driver or equipment operator, upon employment and at least once per year thereafter, is informed of the requirements of this policy.
This idling policy does not apply to a vehicle or a piece of equipment for the period or periods during which:
A. idling is necessary while stopped:
1. and the vehicle is being used for a traffic
control device (Using strobe lights, light-bars, etc.) to protect
employees while working in the street from traffic.
B. idling is necessary to determine that the vehicle and / or the off-road equipment is in safe operating condition and equipped as required by all provisions of the law, and that all equipment is in good working order, either as part of the daily vehicle inspection, or as otherwise needed.
C. idling is necessary for the testing, servicing, repairing, and diagnostic purposes.
D. idling is necessary, for a period of 3 minutes or as recommended by the manufacturer, to cool down a turbo- charged vehicle before turning off the vehicle.
E. idling is necessary to accomplish work for which the vehicle / equipment was designed, other than transporting goods, for example: operating a lift, crane, pump, drill, hoist, or other auxiliary equipment other than a heater or air conditioner.
F. idling is necessary to operate defrosters, heaters, air conditioners, or other equipment to prevent a safety hazard such as melting ice on the windshield, but not solely for the comfort of the driver or passengers for a period not to exceed twenty minutes.
G. idling is necessary solely to recharge a battery or other energy storage unit of a hybrid electric vehicle / equipment.
H. idling is permitted when vehicles are occupied by personnel and being actively used as a work station, i.e. TV truck, using computers, etc. I. idling is permitted to provide a habitable environment during breaks during extreme weather conditions, hot or cold (above 80 degrees F or below 32 degrees F)
Discipline: Any violations of the above policy will be subject to the District’s disciplinary procedure.
Expiration Date: This policy will expire one year from the date it was put into effect. During this period of time it will allow the District to evaluate the effectiveness of the policy and decide whether to renew, revise or terminate this policy.
Complaint Procedure: Any concerns about this policy should be directed to the Director of Operations.