Nov. 1, New York City will begin enforcement of the city’s anti-idling
regulation, a rule that promises to inflict some discomfort on truckers
doing business at the enormous market in The Bronx known as Hunts
management says they are not rejoicing over it either, but it’s
are required to enforce it,” says Hunts Point Produce General Manager
says when a driver enters the market, there is an area to park and
that area will have new signage.
will tell you to shut your engine off,” he says. “The limit is three
says the three-minute limit is a New York City law. New York state
law is a bit more lenient, with a five-minute limit.
you are parked, the engine needs to be shut off,” he says. “If you’re
idling while you are in traffic, in a moving line to load or unload,
that will not get you a fine.”
says the only exemption for idling when you are parked is when the
temperature is below 25 degrees.
you can run the engine for heat,” he says. Maroulis says there are
no exceptions “on the high end” meaning no provision was specified
to allow for the use of air conditioning in hot weather.
Maroulis says there’s not many. He says at the Meat Market, which
is across the street from the Produce Market, there’s 28 spaces
equipped with Idle Aire (shore power). The Produce Market has no
shore power now, but it has commissioned a feasibility study.
than Mike’s Restaurant, which is open 24 hours a day,” says Maroulis,
“there’s not much else for truckers. It’s a shame.”
says Hunts Point has issued warnings since July, so as of Nov. 1,
there will be no fix-it tickets.
a trucker refuses to shut his engine off, by law we have to issue
the violation. The fine structure ranges from $250 up to $10,000,”
he says. “If you get a violation, you’ll then need to appear before
a judge, somewhat similar to a traffic court summons.”
says while $250 is likely the fine for a first-time offender, he’s
not certain what type of offense would trigger an extreme fine?
we need truckers here at Hunts Point. The law has made us responsible,
so we are looking to make it work,” he says, “not just to throw
a fine out there.”
Sandi Soendker, managing editor
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