Heavy-Duty Vehicle Idling Prohibition



Policy Statement

In an effort to reduce vehicle emissions, NYS DEC has instituted an idling prohibition for heavy-duty vehicles. In compliance with this prohibition, Syracuse University operators of on-road “heavy-duty vehicles” propelled by diesel fueled and non-diesel fueled engines are prohibited from idling these vehicles for more than five (5) consecutive minutes when the vehicle is not in motion. A “heavy-duty vehicle” under this regulation is defined as a vehicle that has a weight (GVWR) exceeding 8,500 pounds and is designed for transporting persons or properties. Owners and/or department supervisors with applicable vehicles must institute a program that advises drivers of this idling prohibition and ensures compliance with this policy.

Exceptions to this idling prohibition regulation include, but are not limited to: 1) A diesel or non-diesel fueled “heavy-duty vehicle” including a bus or truck that is forced to remain motionless because of traffic conditions over which the operator has no control; 2) A diesel or non-diesel fueled engine that is being used to provide power for an auxiliary purpose, such as loading, discharging, mixing or processing cargo; controlling cargo temperature; construction; or when the operation of the engine is required for the purpose of maintenance; 3) fire, police and public utility trucks or other vehicles performing emergency services; 4) diesel fueled vehicle that is to remain motionless for a period exceeding two hours and during which period the ambient temperature is continuously below 25oF.

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Amended: September 2005