NJDEP Puts Brakes on Construction Vehicle Idling

Staff | September 28, 2010

Advancing efforts to improve New Jersey's air quality, the Department of Environmental Protection launched a statewide campaign that focuses on reducing harmful diesel emissions from idling construction vehicles.

Construction vehicles produce about 1,600 tons of the 5,700 tons of diesel particulate emissions that are generated every year in New Jersey. Beginning March 1, the DEP will work with construction trade organizations and interest groups throughout the state to raise awareness about the benefits of lower diesel emissions. Construction vehicle operators can save money in fuel costs and repair expenses from reduced idling. The education and outreach campaign will continue for six months, followed by an enforcement sweep to ensure compliance with idling regulations. New Jersey law prohibits engines from idling for more than three minutes in most instances.