Idle Reduction Requirement

A motor vehicle engine may not operate for more than five consecutive minutes when the vehicle is not in motion, with the following exceptions:

  1. when traffic conditions or mechanical difficulties do not allow the vehicle to operate;
  2. when it is necessary to operate heating, cooling or auxiliary equipment installed on the vehicle;
  3. to bring vehicle to manufacturer’s recommended operating temperature; or
  4. if idling is necessary to accomplish the intended use of the vehicle.

(Reference Maryland Statutes, Transportation Code 22-402)

Jurisdiction: Maryland

Type: Laws and Regulations

Technologies: Idle Reduction

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