Regulate Idling of ALL Vehicles in California

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NOTE: This petition seeks signatures from California residents only.

The State of California regulates the idling of vehicles 10,000 lbs. or greater (medium- and heavy-duty commercial diesel trucks, buses and school buses). But the state known to have the most stringent regulations on vehicle emissions in the U.S. does NOT regulate the idling of 24 million vehicles weighing less than 10,000 lbs. including passenger vehicles like sedans, SUVs, pickup trucks, and cargo vans.

Overall, these mostly light-duty vehicles are much cleaner and emit less toxins than decades ago. But even the latest internal combustion engine vehicles emit more pollution when they are idling as opposed to traveling, such as in these typical situations: unnecessary excessive stationary warm-ups where the tailpipe toxin reducing catalytic converter does not begin to function until the vehicle is driven; “smartphone” idling; a caravan of vehicles causing idling “hot spots” while waiting during school dismissal periods and at drive-thrus. And no matter how clean these vehicles are, they still emit 20 lbs. of CO2 for every gallon of fuel burned. In fact, it is estimated these light-duty vehicles emit 1.5 million tons of CO2 while burning 150 million gallons of fuel in California annually IDLING JUST WHEN PARKED - a harmful, wasteful and largely unnecessary practice.

California is a national leader in the push for a clean transportation future. But when it comes to limiting vehicle idling, they TRAIL seven other U.S. states with all motor vehicle regulations/laws: Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Vermont, plus the District of Columbia.

Reducing this unnecessary idling when parked is a low-hanging fruit solution to reduce emissions in the state, especially when the California Air Resources Board has recently acknowledged that transportation emissions have actually increased in 2018.

Certain California state legislators have expressed an interest in this issue and, based on feedback from Californians, may move forward with a solution such as working with the California Air Resources Board or sponsoring legislation.

We are building a network of organizations and passionate anti-idling individuals in California to get an idling regulation for ALL vehicles statewide. And we will demand educational mandates along with it to help raise awareness with California motorists of the benefits in avoiding excessive idling when parked: CO2 emissions reductions, improved air quality, energy conservation and saving money.