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Texas Changes Idling Rules

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has updated the listing of state and local idling regulations to reflect recent changes in Texas. The updated listing, which can be found at, is provided in two forms, a cab card that can be carried in the glove box of a truck and the online compendium that provides links to individual regulations.

As of Sept. 1, certain cities and counties in Texas will no longer allow drivers to idle their trucks while using a sleeper berth to comply with government-mandated rest periods. A number of Texas cities and counties have agreed to enforce a state regulation which limits idling to 5 minutes from April through October while providing some operational exemptions. View the compendium for a list of cities and counties with updated regulations. ATRI continues to monitor the development of idling regulations across the country and maintains the compendium and cab card as a free service to help trucking companies and truck drivers comply with the increasing number of state and local idling regulations.

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