Many people are unaware that Massachusetts has an anti-idling law that prohibits vehicles from idling (leaving the car engine running while parked) more than 5 minutes; this includes livery, taxis, and delivery vehicles.
Idling within 100 yards of a school is also prohibited under the law.
Vehicles emit pollutants that contribute to asthma, cancer, and other health issues.. Diesel exhaust is especially harmful, emitting fine particles that can cling to lungs and cause lung cancer and premature death. Children and the elderly are most susceptible, but anyone already suffering from asthma or other respiratory problems is more prone to having health problems.
We hope to raise awareness in Rockport to help ensure a clean and healthy environment; by turning your vehicle engine off at the Transfer Station, the Train Station, while running into a shop, or any 'quick errand', remember that by turning your engine off, you will not only be saving fuel, but you will be helping to contribute to a healthier environment not only locally but globally as well. For more information, visit the links on anti-idling: