As we end climate week, I write to remind readers that the Village of Croton’s anti-idling fee will be going into effect on September 29, 2019. Excessive vehicle idling wastes gas, contributes to climate change and contributes to local air pollution
Westchester County has an F in air quality from the American Lung Association due to the amount of ozone pollution in the County. Tailpipe emissions are a major contributor to ozone pollution. Everyone can be affected by poor air quality. However, children and those with chronic respiratory problems are the most sensitive to ozone pollution in the air.
Over the past two summers, the Village has sought to encourage compliance with Westchester County’s 2009 anti-idling law by educating the public through e-mail blasts, notices in the Village newsletter and by directing police to issue warnings to drivers caught idling.
At the televised August 12th regular meeting of the Village Board of Trustees, the Board adopted a $35 fine for anyone found to be idling a vehicle in excess of three minutes whenever the air temperature is above 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Emergency vehicles are exempt from the provisions of the idling law. The full text of the relevant section of the Village Code, § 215-20.1 “Restrictions on idling of motor vehicles”, can be found on the Village’s website.
By adding a fine to our fee schedule, we empower our local police to collect a fine (equivalent to a parking ticket) for violating the County anti-idling law to further protect public health and our environment.
Hopefully, we will all remember to limit our idling and few residents, if any will need to pay the $35. With some consideration, we will all breathe easier.
Brian Pugh, Mayor