Newark’s position as the region’s transportation hub means that thousands of trucks pass through our neighborhoods daily. Diesel pollution from trucks puts not only the health of the planet but also the health of people at risk. Exhaust releases greenhouse gases and harmful emissions that worsen asthma, bronchitis, and existing allergies. Children are even more susceptible because they breathe faster than adults and stand at tailpipe level.
For these reasons, idling a vehicle for more than 3 minutes is illegal in New Jersey. An idling vehicle emits 20 times more pollution than a vehicle traveling at 30 mph. Just ten seconds of idling uses more fuel than turning the engine on and off. This degrades air quality and contributes to our major greenhouse gas issue, adding more stresses to the planet rather than alleviating them.
Do your part and take action in your neighborhood. Help Stop the Soot by reminding drivers to turn off their engines, especially outside of schools and near homes. If you see a persistent idling problem, call NJDEP’s 24 hour toll-free hotline at (877) 927-6337 or WARN DEP to report the location and license plate.
For more information, check out http://www.nj.gov/dep/cleanairnj/.