Idling Enforcement Options

There are several options available related to idling enforcement.

Complaint-based enforcement:
Officers investigate idling violations based upon complaints received and issue citations as necessary. Specific complaints may be reported directly to the local enforcement division. Complaints may also be submitted through www.EngineOffNorthTexas.org or by calling 877-NTX-IDLE. They will be forwarded regularly to participating local enforcement agencies to help identify idling hot spots.

Target location-based enforcement:
Enforcement personnel periodically patrol areas known for excessive idling, including truck stops, loading docks, warehouses, construction material pick-up/drop-off sites, service roads, and parking lots and cite violators as appropriate.

Full-time dedicated environmental enforcement personnel (Recommended):
Full-time enforcement personnel are dedicated solely to enforcing environmental codes, including idling, throughout the jurisdiction. Officers patrol the enforcement area, including areas known for high levels of idling, respond to idling complaints, investigate possible idling violations, and issue citations as necessary.  Local enforcement agencies are encouraged to develop entity-specific procedures.

Idling Enforcement Procedure Example:

  • Upon identifying a parked vehicle with a GVWR rating of 14,000 pounds or greater, the officer shall drive by or stop to listen to verify that the main engine of the vehicle is operating while the vehicle is parked.

    Types of vehicles over 14,000 pounds GVWR include:



Beverage Trucks

Garbage Trucks

Service Body Trucks

Bucket Trucks

Heavy-Duty Utility Trucks

Stake Trucks

Delivery Trucks

Home Fuel Trucks

Step Vans

Dump Trucks

Inner-City Tour Buses

Tanker Trucks

Flat Bed Trucks

Larger Motor Homes

Tow Trucks

Fuel Trucks

Rack Trucks

Tractor-Trailer Rigs

Furniture Trucks

School Buses

Transit Buses

Utility Trucks

  • The officer shall use a stop watch to time five minutes of continuous idling.
  • After five minutes, the officer may approach the vehicle and ask to see appropriate identification and vehicle documentation.
  • If the vehicle has a sleeper berth, the officer shall ask to see the driver’s log book to determine whether the driver was idling during a government-mandated rest period. Idling during this time is permitted under certain circumstances (see TCEQ Idling Rule).
  • If the driver is not on a required rest period, determine whether any of the exemptions listed in the rule are applicable (see TCEQ Idling Rule).
  • If not, the officer has the option to issue a warning or to issue a citation, consistent with local enforcement regulations, and not to exceed $500. (Each violation is considered a separate offense).
  • Upon issuing a citation, the officer shall photograph the vehicle for verification in the event of a court appeal.

Suggested Enforcement Areas:

Areas suggested for enforcement include locations with significant heavy-duty vehicle traffic, such as existing freight facilities. In addition, the following types of locations are also suggested for monitoring and enforcing idling activity:

Construction Material Loading Sites

Parking Lots

Service Roads


Residential Neighborhoods

Truck Stops

Loading Docks

School Zones