Idling limits are 'Rodney Dangerfield' of laws

Municipalities' rules get little respect, are difficult to enforce

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  • dogchow1 Salt Lake City, UT
    June 14, 2012 5:24 p.m.

    I'll know when they get serious about idling in the city when they coordinate traffic signals.
    Not just passing a law to appease the EPA or environmentalists.

  • Corn Dog New York, NY
    June 14, 2012 12:22 a.m.

    Focusing on automobile idling is terribly misguided. The real idling harm comes from vehicles without the same emission controls that cars have. Diesel engines in heavy trucks, locomotives, buses, and construction equipment that typically have no emission controls are bigger problems. This is especially relevant since earlier this week the WHO named diesel emissions as carcinogenic. The real problem around schools is idling diesel school buses, not idling cars. Idling commercial aircraft, which also have no pollution control equipment, are a much, much bigger problem than cars.

    This whole effort is more about being anti-car than it is about being anti-pollution.