whose trucks, buses and vans have been cited as frequent violators
of an anti-pollution law against idling have agreed to plant 100
trees as part of a settlement with the New York State Attorney
General's office, Reuters reports.
calls for a penalty of $250 to $15,000 if vehicles with diesel
engines are left running for longer than five minutes while parked.
New York officials said instead of levying a fine, it would make
sense for offenders to plant trees to counter emissions that may
contribute to asthma and other health consequences.
Frito-Lay Inc., Greyhound Lines Inc. and Gray Line New York Tours,
Community Coach Inc., Leisure Lines Inc. and Suburban Trails Inc.
will pay a total of $103,000 for trees to be planted in neighborhoods
like Central Harlem, the South Bronx and Fort Greene in Brooklyn.
As part of
the settlement, the six companies will train their drivers about
the state law, monitor their compliance for three years and pay
penalties of $1,000 to $5,000 per idling violation. New York officials
said the settlement creates company-wide policies, which makes
more sense than levying fines on individual vehicles.