Hunts Point agreement will halt truck idling

| 7/3/2003

By Nov. 1, idling your truck at Hunts Point Market in the Bronx will be history.

According to The Packer newspaper, an agreement was recently signed by the city, borough and Hunts Point officers that will crack down on trucks idling around the market.

Four full-time officers will be hired by the market Nov. 1 to issue summonses with fines from $250 to $875 for trucks caught idling longer than the limit, says The Packer. The state regs allow no more than five minutes of idling, excluding loading and unloading time, while New York City allows three minutes.

The market is the site of the nation’s first anti-idling truckstop electrification program, a result of a partnership with Hunts Point Cooperative Market, Sustainable South Bronx, Clean Air Communities Foundation and Idle Aire Technologies. As part of the program, overhead climate-control systems and electrical hook-ups have been installed at some parking bays, allowing drivers at the world's largest wholesale food distribution center to power their on-board appliances and refrigerated trailers without running their engines. At present, there are 28 parking spaces with available hookups.