APU Exemption Guide
Auxiliary Power Units (often called APU’s) are used by many truck drivers to help limit fuel use, since they eliminate the need to run their trucks engines on idle while parked. But seeing as they normally weigh hundreds of pounds, they may be a problem for drivers who frequently carry around maximum weight limits. With the latest expansion of the MAP-21 bill dealing with state-by-state APU regulations, this may be confusing to drivers who cross state lines on a regular basis.
Below is a table, put together by vehicle tracking company Track Your Truck, that can alert drivers just how much APU weight is exempt in each state.
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Mike Demars is a 28-year trucking veteran, as well as a graduate of New England Tractor Trailer Training School with well over a million miles logged on the road. Prior to being the Regional Director of Safety & Training for our Connecticut locations, Mike spent over a decade on the road as an owner/operator of a long haul transportation company and previously managed drivers as a Driver Manager and Safety Director. He has achieved the level of Master Instructor and holds his certificate in Collision Avoidance, and is often sought as an industry expert to discuss practices within the field and to testify in transportation and trucking matters.