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Anti-Idling Laws Pass in NYC

On Wednesday, the New York City Council’s Committee on Environmental Protection approved two measures to curb idling. One bill cuts Idling times near schools to one minute and the other expands the enforcement agencies to include both the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Department of Sanitation. Before the bills were passed on Wednesday, Council Member John Liu held a rally at City Hall. Hear some of the support for the bill in this brief roundup.

</p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">Elizabeth Press:  Last week when two children were killed in Chinatown, the issue of idling vehicles drew public attention.  </font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">Kim Wiley-Schwartz:  We understand that idling has many ramifications on health and on the wellbeing of children, but we never could have imagined that idling would have contributed to the death of two children in Chinatown.  If the driver of that car had just simply turned his car off, this never would have happened.  [00:30].  </font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">Jean Sale Shaw:  You know knowingly left the car running, thinking it was in park, but apparently it was in reverse.  </font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">Elizabeth Press:  Although New York City has restricted engine idling since 1971, there is little enforcement of the law.  </font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">Cecillia Galarraga:  Idling vehicles put a lot of pollution into the air, right outside the schools and a lot of that pollution can go into the school, just right in through the windows, right in through the ducts.  For kids with asthma that’s a huge asthma trigger.</font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">Elizabeth Press:  On Wednesday morning the City Councils Committee and Environmental Protection [01:00] approved two measures to curb idling.  </font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">Cecillia Galarraga:  As high as one in four kids in New York City are affected by asthma, which is higher than the national average.</font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">Elizabeth Press:  One measure, sponsored by Council member John Liu, decreases engine idling time next to schools from three minutes to one.  </font> <br> </p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">John Liu:  So when it’s three minutes you’re like, okay, I have a few minutes, keep it running, but when it’s one minute it’s like, okay, rather than risk it, just shut the engine.</font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">Elizabeth Press:  Before the measure passed on Wednesday [01:30] avid seek groups joined Mr Liu at City Hall for a rally in favour of the legislation.  </font> <br> </p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">Angel Martinez:  I have two kids that are in the school system and the idling laws will help them because there’s a lot of asthma going on, there’s a lot of pollution in our air as it is, but it also helps the driver save money by not wasting so much gas.  </font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">Kim Wiley-Schwartz:  As educators who work with public schools to improve liveability around the streets, we support this measure, Intro 631, wholeheartedly.  [02:00]  We can’t underestimate the damage that idling cars do to the environments around schools, and we know now that it’s directly related to lung diseases such as asthma.  </font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">Elizabeth Press:  Councilmember David Yassky’s Bill empowering the Department of Parks and Recreation, the Department of Sanitation, the Police and Transportation Departments to enforce engine idling laws also passed.  </font></p> Transcription Sponsored by: <a href="http://transcriptdivas.ca/">Transcript Divas Transcription Services </a>
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  • http://hembrow.blogspot.com David Hembrow

    When I read the title, I thought this would be about people stopping at opening bridges or other places where there was a long delay but still being in their car. Over here in the Netherlands there are signs next to bridges telling people that if the bridge is open they should turn their engines off while they sit in their car.

    However, it's not that. People are leaving their engines running when they are not even in the car. I don't get this at all. Why would anyone do this ? What is the advantage ? Doesn't it also mean you have to leave the keys in the ignition making the car easier to steal ? Except in the rare circumstance of having a weak car battery and being concerned that they engine won't re-start, what is the point ? Why do they do it at all ?

  • http://nossoquintal.org Vitor Leal

    When I was a kid, and we had a day trip at school, drivers would keep the bus idling while we're loading it. It would stay like that for half a hour, with us, kids, inside the bus, breathing that. And in Brazil, the Diesel is S2000 (2.000 Sulphur ppm).

  • bill

    This is an absolute bunch of CRAP. This will give Bloomberg and his parking agent minions more excuses to give out tickets to drivers. The HILARIOUS thing is that Mayor Billionare routinely ignores this law with his GAS GUZZLING SUVs.

    All of you are ignorant SHEEP.

  • http://albertideation.com Albert Kaufman

    Thanks, included your video in a posting on idling I did yesterday for Portland, Oregon. Working on it. Thanks for all you do!


  • cara from brooklyn

    If only it were true, tickets being given! I confronted a man this morning outside my building and he chased me yelling profanities that he has the right to "warm up his car.." August in the hottest summer on record for some time. I have never seen a ticket given for this infraction - fear of immediate retribution ?