A proposed ban on truck idling in North Bend, OR, was the subject of a public hearing last week. The ordinance proposes a five-minute idling limit for trucks with a gross vehicle weight more than 10,001 lbs., unless more time is needed to defrost windows. Violators would be fined $150 for a first offense and $300 for a second offense; a truck driver and any landowner allowing idling could be fined.

The majority of people who spoke out at the hearing were against the ordinance, including representatives of TravelCenters of America, according to a Sno Valley Star report.

“We pay $45,000 in property taxes annually that goes to help your schools and the city,” Drew Macauley, TA field manager, pointed out. “We also employ 61 people, and more than half of them live in North Bend.”