Heavy Duty Vehicle Idling Laws

by Dec 8, 2015Fleet Management0 comments

New York State Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) prohibits heavy duty vehicles, including diesel trucks and buses, from idling for more than five minutes at a time.


  • Stuck in traffic
  • Idling for maintenance purposes
  • Powering an auxiliary function or apparatus, such as a concrete tumbler
  • Involved in an emergency situation
  • A diesel fueled truck operating in an ambient air temperature below 25°F for more than 2 hours

Less idling time is good for the environment because it reduces air pollution, noise and fuel use. It also saves money for diesel operators and consumers and contributes to a cleaner atmosphere.

The diesel idling regulation is found in Title 6 NYCRR, Subpart 217-3 and will be enforced by DEC Conservation Officers. You may be fined from $500 to $18,000 in the case of a first violation.

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