Vermont prohibited idling of motor vehicles law effective May 5

News Release — Idle-Free VT
May 2, 2014

Wayne Michaud
Director, Idle-Free VT Inc.
[email protected]

Montpelier, Vermont, May 5, 2014 – Vermont’s prohibited idling of motor vehicles law takes effect May 5, 2014. This law applies to all motor vehicles. It limits the idling of vehicles to five minutes in any 60-minute period. A penalty of $10.00 will be assessed for a first violation; $50.00 for a second violation; $100.00 for a third and subsequent violations.

There are exceptions to the five-minute limit, including but not limited to:

• Police, fire or emergency vehicle idling
• Commercial bus idling when passengers are on board
• Idling to ensure adequate windshield defrosting
• Idling to power work-related operations for trucks
• Idling for sleeper berth purposes
• Idling for maintenance, repair, service or diagnostic purposes
• Idling on private property for vehicles of 10,000 pounds or less

To read the full law, Google: “Prohibited idling of motor vehicles” or visit:

For more information about idling laws, facts, and the significant benefits in avoiding unnecessary idling, visit

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Idle-Free VT Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit organization with a goal of raising awareness of unnecessary vehicle idling (idling when parked) in Vermont by encouraging adoption of policies, practices, resolutions and curricula, and enactment of laws, to limit vehicle idling.

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