Idling your vehicle for more than 3 minutes is against the law in New Jersey.
That's because vehicle exhaust not only pollutes our air (it is the leading source of hazardous air pollution in New Jersey (source: NJDEP), but also puts people, especially children, at risk for asthma and other respiratory ailments, allergies, and possible long term problems. In addition, vehicles release potent
greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.
Take the No-Idling plege! It's simple. If you are going to be idling more than 30 seconds, turn off your vehicle.
To date, we have helped Red Bank, East Windsor, and numerous other
towns and schools implement idle free campaigns. Read more about our
Idle Free New Jersey success stories!
Clean Water Action's Idle Free New Jersey campaign is helping school kids turn education into action. In Switlick Schools in Jackson, we worked with students on designing a power point presentation on the importance of reducing vehicle and bus idling around the school. They presented it to the school and the town council, explaining the harm idling vehicles create and the benefits of reducing idling. The council agreed to do more to enforce the law and helped inititate an eductional no-idling campaign. As a result of their efforst, the students and teachers were given our "Grassroots Environmental Leadership Award" at our 23rd conference in April 2009.
We also gave the student council of Saint Peter School an award for their work in promoting an "Idle Free New Jersey" campaign in their schools and their community. The students created a series of Public Service Announcements (PSAs) with the goal of teaching others to help clean up air pollution by turning off their idling vehicle engines. As a result of the kids work, Ocean County declared April to be "no idling" awareness month.
Listen to the PSAs: