Institute No Idling Policy For Vehicles

What Is It?

Instituting a no-idling policy for delivery vehicles, taxis, and livery vehicles requires drivers to turn off their engines when parked outside a business or hotel for a certain period of time. Massachusetts regulations prohibit vehicle idling for longer than 5 minutes, but it is recommended vehicle engines idle longer no longer than 30 seconds.


Idling delivery, taxi, and livery vehicles often are stopped for greater than 5 minutes while waiting for work. In the process, they burn large amounts of fuel (increasing their own costs, as cars are least efficient while idling) and emit harmful pollutants into the atmosphere. By instituting a no-idling policy, fuel is saved and less carbon dioxide (among other pollutants) is emitted into the air, reducing the amount of smog- and asthma-inducing particulates in the surrounding air.

Challenge Participants Currently Adopting This Practice

  • Au Bon Pain
  • Bella Luna
  • BioMed Realty Trust
  • The Colonnade Hotel
  • Farley Funeral Home
  • Federal Reserve
  • Friends of Post Office Square
  • John Hancock/Manulife Financial
  • Marriott
  • Massachusetts Convention Center Authority
  • Sheraton Hotel

Financing Options, Incentives, And Rebates

Additional Resources

Signage for No Idling

  • “Think, Idle free zone” sign
  • “No Idling, Breath Better, Save Money” sign
  • “No Idling, It’s the Law” sign

Examples of Boston Area Businesses Instituting a No Idling Policy:


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