NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Activists gathered at City Hall on Tuesday morning in support of a new proposal to put citizens on patrol to crack down on idling cars in New York City.
Councilman Donovan Richards is introducing the bill with Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal. Under the new legislation, New Yorkers could earn a cash reward for reporting drivers who leave their engines running.
“If you see something, you say something, but you get paid for doing it,” Richards told CBS2’s Diane Macedo.
Richards and Rosenthal say too many drivers are ignoring the the city law on idling.
“You can’t idle for more than three minutes. At that point, it becomes a violation,” Rosenthal said. “Outside of a school, it’s one minute.”
Richards and Rosenthal said the problem is too widespread for the NYPD and the Department of Environmental Protection to catch every violator.
“Unfortunately, DEP does not have enough enforcement agents,” Richards said. “They have 40 enforcement agents for a city of nearly 8 million people.”
Instead, they are proposing a new program for citizens to step in.