Vermont’s prohibited idling of motor vehicles law went into 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 will be assessed for a first violation, $50 for a second violation, and $100 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; and
- 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 www.idlefreevt.org.