No Idling - Take Action

On average an idle car burns enough fuel to travel one mile every two minutes. Moreover, an idle bus burns half a gallon of fuel every hour. Given the pollution and fuel waste created by these vehicles, no-idle laws can have significant impacts on air quality and fuel savings especially in cities and around schools. Buses sit idly outside of schools for extended periods of time every day. The exhaust from these buses deteriorates the air quality not only around the school but in the school as well through air intakes, doors, and open windows. Enacting no-idle laws can eliminate these health concerns, which is of particular importance for children who are most vulnerable to the significant effects of poor air quality.

Pierce County, Washington and the State of New Jersey have both enacted no-idling legislation recently, both stating that diesel-powered vehicles cannot idle for more than three consecutive minutes. Exceptions are also made for extreme hot and cold weather, and Pierce County specifies that gasoline-powered cars cannot idle for more than 30 seconds. Their policy can be found here, whereas New Jersey’s new law can be found here. Furthermore, Glen Rock, New Jersey has taken a different route. In accordance with the requirements for a Sustainable New Jersey certification, Glen Rock declared that public schools as a whole are to be idle-free zones. You can review Sustainable New Jersey’s plan here and introduce similar legislation in your community or state. By following their examples, we can lead the way in reducing waste and creating healthier air.

Take Action Now
Express your support for No-Idle laws in your state and community. Send a letter to your state and community legislators encouraging the implementation of No-Idle legislation. Your voice can make a difference.