Allegheny County, PA, are using the tattletale system to help enforce new
idling restrictions in the area.
Last week, the
Allegheny County Health Department – with a service area that includes
Pittsburgh – implemented a new regulation that prohibits trucks and buses from
idling their diesel engines for longer than five minutes.
Violators will face
fines of up to $500. However, exceptions will be made for vehicles that are
picking up passengers, warming their engines or running heating and air
conditioning for sleeping inside trucks’ cabs, The Associated Press reported.
Despite being a
regulation, officials with the health department said they want to enforce the
idling restriction by word-of-mouth in the neighborhood.
“It’s not something
where you’re going to have a policeman there saying this (is a violation), but
it’s peer pressure,” spokesperson Roger Westman told The AP. “It’s also
going to be enforced by complaints.”
The Philadelphia area also has idling restrictions – two
minutes in normal weather, five minutes in temperatures under 32 degrees and 20
minutes in temps below 20 – each of which carries a fine of $300. However,
exemptions are only given for temperature, not for overnight sleeping,
according to the EPA and the American Transportation Research Institute.