Green Minds LFLB Position on idling
“Idling vehicles contribute to air pollution and emit air toxins, which are pollutants known and/or suspected to cause cancer or other serious health effects. Monitoring at schools has shown elevated levels of benzene, formaldehyde, acetaldehyde and other air toxins during the afternoon hour coinciding with parents picking up their children. Children’s lungs are still developing, and when they are exposed to elevated levels of these pollutants, children have an increased risk of developing asthma, respiratory problems and other adverse health effects. Limiting a vehicle’s idling time can dramatically reduce these pollutants and the exposure to them. “ (EPA - http://www2.epa.gov/region8/idle-free-schools)
Green Minds LFLB are asking our schools to limit all unnecessary idling by passenger vehicles, school buses and delivery trucks.
Clear signage at all schools, public parking areas, clubs, and other areas children and young people frequent.
Send quarterly newsletter reminders asking drivers to shut off all engines while waiting to pick up students.
Asking all drivers to turn off engines when they arrive at school and expect to be parked for more than 1 minute (EPA recommends 10 seconds).
Initiate requirements for school buses to turn off engines while waiting on school property or on route (IL 625 il. Comp. Stat § 5/11-1429 prohibits idling for more than 10 minutes in a 60-minute period. Green Minds LFLB simply ask that it is enforced).
Area Schools with no idling signs and/or no idling policies:
Lake Forest Country Day school
Lake Bluff Elementary School
Lake Forest School Districts 67 and 115
Arlington Heights (the entire community is an idle-free zone)
Park Ridge-Niles School District 64 idle free since 2008
Manteno School District
Joseph Sears School, Kenilworth District 38 – 'Think of the environment, Turn your Engine off' signs and two newsletter reminders every year to parents.
Prairie Crossing Charter School
Oak Park (the entire community is an idle-free zone)
Chicago passed an ordinance that requires diesel vehicles to stop idling after 3 minutes
CPS contracts with bus operators have a condition in the contract regarding no idling and number behind buses gives a fine to operators if they are seen idling
Coonley School (CPS) – signs stating “NO IDLING. Young lungs at work”
Niles – City ordinance against idling with $50 fine.
….. & many others
Healthier air for students and staff
Saving school district money when school buses also banned from idling as our school districts pays the fuel
Safer for students to pass in pick up area, as studies show that kids are more likely to overlook a moving vehicle if cars are idling around them
Less noise pollution in the community
http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/cdot/supp_info/doing_our_share_forcleanerairidlingreduction.html (Anti idling law in Chicago – limiting idling to 3 mintues per 60-minute period)Type your paragraph here.
Illinois Laws on Idling
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Illinois Compiled Statutes § 625 ILCS 5/11-1401. Unattended motor vehicles Sec. 11-1401. Unattended motor vehicles. No person driving or in charge of a motor vehicle shall permit it to stand unattended without first stopping the engine, locking the ignition, removing the key from the ignition, effectively setting the brake thereon and, when standing upon any perceptible grade, turning the front wheels to the curb or side of the highway.
Cities: Aux Sable, Goose Lake, Oswego
Counties: Cook, DuPage, Lake, Kane, McHenry, Will, Madison, St. Claire, Monroe
Maximum Idling Time - 10 minutes within any 60 minute period (30 minutes within any 60 minute period: Waiting to weigh, load or unload freight; No limit: Less than 32° F or greater than 80° F)
Fines: $50 – 1st conviction; $150 – 2nd & subsequent convictions in 12 month period Exemptions
• Less than 8,000 lbs. GVWR
• Traffic conditions/controls
• Prevent a safety or health emergency
• Emergency or law enforcement purposes
• Service or repair
• Government inspection
• Power takeoffs involving cargo or work functions
• Resting in a sleeper berth
• Mechanical difficulties
625 Illinois Combined Statute 5/111429.
Illinois Department of Transportation (217) 782-7820, www.dot.state.il.us
In Fall of 2016 Lake Forest D67 and D115 welcomed no idling signs at our schools. Thank you Mr. Barry Rogers, former assistant superintendent, for making this happen.