Idling Engines Are the Devil’s Workshop


Anti-idling brochure

In a move certain to irritate uncompromising libertarians, oil executives, and muscle-car enthusiasts, New York City has made it illegal to let your vehicle engine idle for more than a minute in a school zone. With the new ordinance, the city joins several other cities and states in going after idling engines as a pollution source and health hazard.

Minneapolis, the home of Utne Reader’s editorial offices, is among the enlightened cities with recently passed or amended anti-idling ordinances on the books. The city even has a printable mock ticket/informational brochure on its website that vigilant citizens can use to remind violators of the law.

How bad is idling, and how unnecessary is it? Let us count the ways:

It spews greenhouse gases. In Sierra magazine’s March-April issue, advice peddler Mr. Green fields a question about the global-warming impact of that American institution, the drive-through. Crunching the numbers, Mr. Green concludes that idling cars and trucks emit about 58 million tons of carbon dioxide each year, and U.S. fast-food drive-throughs cause customers to burn an extra 50 million gallons of gas annually. At Sustainablog, Robin Shreves notes that you don’t even have to give up drive-throughs to green up your act: Just shut off your engine when you’re in line at the bank or the burger joint.

It’s a health threat. As Minneapolis’ ticket/brochure points out, “Exhaust is hazardous to human health, especially children’s; studies have linked air pollution to increased rates of cancer, heart and lung disease, asthma and allergies.” If you have any doubts, go suck on a tailpipe. The Environmental Defense Fund notes that children, the elderly and those with asthma and other chronic health problems are especially vulnerable to the health dangers of exhaust.

7/3/2014 12:48:54 AM

Yes, idling engines are definitely the source of pollution as well as with the idling engines. Because of the vehicles idle condition, the engine is not going to stop working. It is in the running mode and results ignition of fuel in the vehicle and that results without any work done carbon dioxide gas gets out of the vehicle and pollutes the environment. We have to be a bit careful about this because, due to this carbon dioxide gas our environment gets polluted and if we stay a bit alert then we can save our environment. We can see sometimes the vehicle start producing more carbon dioxide gas and it is because of the problem inside the vehicle. We have to choose a finest repair center and have to do a complete check up of our car in regular time interval so that we can stay away. Tune up of vehicle is also a much needed fact. Branded vehicles like BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Mini Cooper and etc really need tune up. When I think my BMW needs to be tuned up, I prefer to visit and rely on the best repair center for my car to achieve the If we do such servicing and updation in vehicle it is obvious that our vehicle will provide us a maximum performance.

6/16/2014 5:00:32 AM

I think we all know that when the engine is in ideal state with out any work done the engine runs. So, as the engine runs it is obvious that the fuel gets burned and produces carbon dioxide gas which is one of the biggest threat as far as environment pollution is concerned. Also one point also arise is that if the engine stays in ideal condition for a large amount of time it may wear down. So, the alternative we know that is vehicle breakdown at any point of time and it results crash or accident. To stay safe and avoid such issues it is better to take proper care of the engine and if possible service it from a good repair center.

6/5/2014 8:08:46 AM

Now-a-days, the reason behind environment pollution is excess use of vehicles like cars, buses, trucks and many more. As mentioned here it is better to switch on or off the engine but, not put in ideal condition. Because in ideal condition without getting any work done our environment gets polluted because of the carbon dioxide gas that gets out as the engine is running. As the environment is getting polluted more so it can lead to various health disease like asthma, allergies and many more. To stay away from this, we have to use electric cars. As electric cars are environment friendly so this is one alternative that we have. Also, we have to take care of these electric cars else these may start showing problems.

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