Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Trying to get a handle on idling
Leaving a car idling is annoying, smells bad, and at the end of the day is hazardous to your health.
The law is already pretty clear.
“You can’t idle for more than three minutes anywhere in the city and if you’re in front of a school you can’t idle for more than one minute,” [Council Member Helen] Rosenthal explained.
She is proposing a new program to train citizens to spot illegal idlers.
“You can see if the car behind me is idling all you would need to do is videotape the license plate, and then load it onto a website at DEP and then DEP would issue a summons,” she said.
The program would require citizens to attend special training. An initial offense would result in a warning, next come a summons and a $350 fine.
The person reporting the violator could earn up to 50 percent of the money once it’s collected by the city.