It is illegal in New Jersey (Since Feb 2003) to let either a gasoline or diesel powered motor vehicle idle for more than
3 minutes, while the vehicle is not in motion. The only exceptions are as follows:
- Vehicles picking up or discharging passengers (maximum 15 minutes)
- Vehicles stopped in traffic or at a traffic light
- Emergency vehicles used for emergency work, only when they are actively involved in emergency work.
- A motor vehicle whose engine is used for powering another mechanical operation other than propulsion (like a bucket truck or backhoe)
- Diesel vehicles stopped for more than 3 hours when the temperature is below 25 degrees Fahrenheit may idle for 15 minutes.
- Vehicles with sleeper berths under certain conditions
For more information, please check out the following links:
- NJDEP News Release 7/2/07
- NJDEP Stop the Soot Campaign
- NJDEP Frequently asked questions about Idling Restrictions
- Rich Bankowski, or call 848-445-2550