New Bill in New York State Aims to Reduce Allowable Idling Time to Only 3 Minutes

Albany, NY – New York lawmakers are debating a new bill that would make idling for three minutes or longer illegal for heavy duty vehicles.

New York State Sen. Brian Kavanagh has introduced Bill S3119 into the State Senate’s 2021-2022 Legislative Session and it calls for reducing the allowable idling time for heavy trucks from five minutes to only three consecutive minutes.


Existing New York law already prevents vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 8,500 pounds from idling for five consecutive minutes.

Fines for first offenders of the current law range from $500 all the way up to $18,000.

As in the existing law, Sen. Kavanagh’s new bill would exempt “emergency vehicles.”

Sen. Kavanagh has said “reasonable exceptions” would also be made, but so far has not defined exactly what that means.


It’s unclear if the new measure will likely gain the votes necessary to make its way out of the the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee and to the full State Senate for a vote.

However, it’s another reminder of the hyper-regulatory environment in the Empire State as it relates to climate policy enacted to target heavy trucks.



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