Last March, the Dublin City Council declared the City of Dublin to be an “Idle-Free City.” During "Spare the Air" days, like today, is it particularly important not to idle engines. Substantial evidence indicates the negative impact vehicle idling has on the environment and human health. Establishing the City of Dublin as an Idle-Free City supports a high quality of life for Dublin residents and visitors.
When cars and trucks idle, they emit ground-level ozone, or smog, which has the potential to cause harm to vulnerable populations. Many myths about letting vehicles idle have been debunked, and many new car models will shut off their engines if idling for too long.
Exceptions to the idle-free proclamation include:
• The need for emergency vehicles to idle during an emergency situation
• Vehicles forced to remain motionless during adverse traffic conditions
• When turning off the car’s engine may create a health emergency for human passengers or pets
• If idling is necessary for auxiliary power for equipment or refrigeration
• When necessary for repair or inspection of vehicles
In September 2020, the City Council also adopted the Climate Action Plan 2030 and Beyond, a plan that will guide Dublin toward a greener future and provide a roadmap to reach carbon neutrality by 2045. Declaring Dublin an “Idle-Free City,” is one step closer in helping the City achieve its Climate Action Plan goals.