Important Notice about Car Idling

 

 

 

         Children are especially vulnerable to air pollution. They breathe faster than adults and inhale more air per pound of body weight. Plus their smaller size puts them closer to tailpipe level. Idling engines contribute to the air quality around the school - just when excited children come outside.

         You are not safe from air pollution inside an idling vehicle. Exposure to air pollutants is actually higher inside an idling vehicle than at the roadside.

         Just 10 seconds of idling uses more gasoline than restarting your car. Yes, just 10 seconds! Idling is bad for your car, too.

         Car idling hurts our air quality and our environment. Car tailpipes emit carcinogens and other toxins, smog-forming chemicals, and greenhouse gases into our air.

         New Jersey state law prohibits unnecessary idling of both diesel and gasoline engines for extended periods.
(N.J.A.C. 7:27-14, 15).

 

 

PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR ENGINE whenever your vehicle is stopped for more than 10 seconds.

 

 

Compliments of the Millburn Environmental Commission and

CIGWIE (Club to Introduce Global Warming Information to Everyone)

Important Notice about Car Idling

 

 

 

         Children are especially vulnerable to air pollution. They breathe faster than adults and inhale more air per pound of body weight. Plus their smaller size puts them closer to tailpipe level. Idling engines contribute to the air quality around the school - just when excited children come outside.

         You are not safe from air pollution inside an idling vehicle. Exposure to air pollutants is actually higher inside an idling vehicle than at the roadside.

         Just 10 seconds of idling uses more gasoline than restarting your car. Yes, just 10 seconds! Idling is bad for your car, too.

         Car idling hurts our air quality and our environment. Car tailpipes emit carcinogens and other toxins, smog-forming chemicals, and greenhouse gases into our air.

         New Jersey state law prohibits unnecessary idling of both diesel and gasoline engines for extended periods.
(N.J.A.C. 7:27-14, 15).

 

 

PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR ENGINE whenever your vehicle is stopped for more than 10 seconds.

 

 

Compliments of the Millburn Environmental Commission and

CIGWIE (Club to Introduce Global Warming Information to Everyone)


NO

IDLING

 

 

PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR ENGINE WHEN STOPPED

 

IT’S THE LAW: N.J.A.C. 7:27-14, 15

N.J.S.A. 39:3-70.2

 

 
 



NJDEP Policy Memo

 

ENFORCEMENT OF NEW JERSEY’S IDLING REQUIREMENTS

January 2006

 

 

LOCAL/STATE POLICE AUTHORITY:

·         Enforcement of motor vehicle idling (diesel and gasoline)

·         Motor vehicle statute C. 39:3-70.2 recently revised (Sept. 2005) by legislature to clarify that violation includes idling in addition to visible smoke or contaminants in excess of standards

·         Recent revision raises minimum penalty amount for violation of C. 39:3-70.2 from $25.00 to $250.00

·         Idling can be enforced on public roads

·         Penalty monies go to local police/municipality

·         State police also conduct roadside enforcement/inspection program of heavy duty diesel vehicles (they have done this for many years)

 

N.J. DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AUTHORITY:

·         Enforcement of motor vehicle idling (diesel and gasoline) anywhere except on public highways

·         All idling requirements are found in NJDEP regulations

·         N.J.A.C. 7:27-14 for diesel vehicles

·         N.J.A.C. 7:27-15 for gasoline vehicles

·         Idling limit is 3 minutes for diesel (trucks, buses, school buses, etc.) and gasoline vehicles (cars, some trucks and buses, etc.)

·         Limited exceptions to 3 minute idling include vehicles stopped in traffic, waiting for vehicle inspection or being repaired, emergency vehicle in emergency situation, bus discharging/picking up passengers, or vehicles with a power source used for necessary and prescribed mechanical operation (refrigeration, maintaining suspension, mechanical lifts, etc.)

·         Idling of a vehicle to heat/cool a driver while resting/sleeping in a sleeper berth is allowed in non-residential areas

 

NOTE:  These NJDEP authorities are delegated to county environmental health (CEHA) agencies as well.

 

TECHNICAL NOTES:

 

·         Diesel vehicles do not need to keep engines running to properly function. Modern diesel engines require only 3 minutes to “warm up”. Idling is a waste of fuel and money and causes excess wear and maintenance.

·         Fine particle pollution in NJ may cause more premature deaths than homicides and car accidents combined. Diesel exhaust is a primary component of fine particle pollution and is known to cause or exacerbate a variety of heart and lung ailments.

·         Neighboring states have idling laws that are similar to NJ. The idling limit in New York state is 5 minutes, New York City is 3 minutes with no exceptions, and Philadelphia is 2 minutes.

 

 

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION, visit www.StopTheSoot.org or

contact Melinda Dower of the Diesel Risk Reduction Program melinda.dower@dep.state.nj.us
or (609) 292-1122.


IDLE FREE: YOU AND ME...

Did You Know?

 

Engine Idling:

v    Wastes gasoline. Just 10 seconds of idling uses more gasoline than restarting your car.

v    Harms your engine and exhaust system. It only takes 30 seconds to warm-up your car engine to be ready to go.

v    Hurts our air quality and our environment. An idling engine produces harmful twice as many exhaust emissions as an engine in a moving vehicle. Car tailpipes emit carcinogens and other toxins, smog-forming chemicals, and greenhouse gases into our air.

 

Health Alert:

v    Children are especially vulnerable to air pollution. They breathe faster than we do, and they inhale more air per pound of body weight. Idling engines contribute to the air quality around the school - just when our excited, active children come outside.

v    You are not safe from air pollution inside an idling vehicle. Exposure to air pollutants is actually higher inside an idling vehicle than at the roadside. The greatest exposure occurs when sitting in traffic congestion on highways or in a line-up of idling vehicles at a transit stop or outside of a school.

 

For More Information:

Come to <PLACE> on <DAY, DATE, TIME> at <EXACT LOCATION> to hear <TITLE AND NAME OF PRESENTER> speak about idling at our schools.


Carpool Plan for <SCHOOL>:

 

Situation:

Carpool drivers pick-up/drop-off students via <LOCATION> that holds about <#> cars.

 

Plan for Drop Off:

Cars wait for the signal to begin carpool. Drivers pull to <LOCATION> and turn off their engines. Other drivers waiting to enter the driveway turn off their engines. Students are unloaded. Once all the cars are finished, the cars start their engines together for the next set of cars.

 

Plan for Pick-up:

Drivers pull to <LOCATION> and turn off their engines. Other drivers waiting to enter the driveway turn off their engines. Once all the cars are finished, the cars start their engines together for the next set of cars.

 

Text Box: DIAGRAM OF THE CARPOOL PLAN CAN GO HERE
A Message from <SCHOOL>:
Carpool Policy: Idling Your Car.

 

 

School is in full swing and safety is our number one focus. Now that everything is running smoothly, we would like you to remember to turn off your car when dropping off and picking up your children.

 

·        Please turn off your car when you have stopped to unload or load your children. Children breathe at the tailpipe level, close to the exhaust. They breathe faster than adults, so they inhale more polluted air per pound of bodyweight

 

·        Whenever possible, please turn off your car once you have your spot in line. Turn it back on when the line moves up and then turn it off again. Turning off your car reduces air pollution and prevents asthma, lung problems and allergies. It takes less gas to start your car than idling for 10 seconds

 

·        Remember to dress for the weather so that you can be less concerned with cooling your car with the air conditioner or heating your car in the winter.

 

·        Please make sure to inform all drivers (i.e., nannies, grandparents) about <SCHOOL>’s car pool policy

 

 

Anything we can do for the environment helps our children’s future.

 

 

For more information, visit Idle Free New Jersey:

www.cleanwateraction.org/njef/campaigns-noidling.html


 

Sample Letter to Bus Company

 

 

 

 

 

Dear <ENTER NAME OF BUS COMPANY>,

 

During the week of <ENTER DATE>, <ENTER SCHOOL NAME> will be conducting a very important campaign to raise awareness regarding unnecessary car engine idling. We are calling this campaign “<ENTER NAME OF CAMPAIGN>”, and I am writing to ask for your help.

 

We are informing our parents about the costs to our air quality, engine maintenance, and gasoline. Because exhaust emissions are linked to serious health concerns and are also asthma triggers, we are taking on this campaign to help improve the air quality around our school and help our students breathe a little easier. Children are especially vulnerable to air pollution because they breathe faster than adults, and also because they inhale more air per pound of body weight.

 

Please extend a special reminder to all of your bus drivers to turn off their engines at our schools and eliminate any unnecessary idling while they are parked there, and especially when they load and unload students. As you know, this request abides by the New Jersey 3 minute diesel engine idling law.

 

We all share in our responsibility to the environment and helping to improve our air quality for future generations. <ENTER NAME OF BUS COMPANY>’s help in this campaign would be greatly appreciated.

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact <ENTER NAME OF MUNICIPAL OFFICIAL>.

 


Notes:

 

8.5% of children in Essex County have asthma.[1]

 

The State of the Air: 2006 report[2] reveals that air pollution is especially dangerous to children because:

  • Children’s lungs are still growing. Just like the rest of their bodies, children’s lungs will generally continue to grow long after they are born. The body’s defenses that help adults fight off infections are still developing in young bodies. That means children are less able to filter out air contaminants and pollution.
  • Children don’t behave like adults. Kids are outside for longer periods of time than adults and are usually more active when outdoors, which means they inhale more polluted outdoor air than adults typically do.

The American Lung Association State of the Air: 2006 report warns that air pollution can:

  • Trigger Asthma Attacks. Exposure to particle and ozone pollution worsens asthma in children and adults.
  • Increase cough and bronchitis. Particle pollution increases cough and bronchitis.
  • Increase respiratory infections. Air pollution increases risk of upper and lower respiratory infections.
  • Prevent children’s lungs from developing fully. Children who grow up in heavily polluted areas face an increased risk of having underdeveloped lungs that may never recover to their full capacity, which affects how well children will breathe throughout their lives.
  • Increase school absences. Studies show that high levels of ozone are linked to increased school absences for children due to respiratory illnesses.

 



[1] http://lungaction.org/reports/sota06_county.html?fcc=34013

[2] http://www.lungusa.org/site/pp.asp?c=dvLUK9O0E&b=564425