Policy #5.7.4 Motor Vehicle Idling

5.7.4

MOTOR VEHICLE IDLING ON SCHOOL GROUNDS

No motor vehicle operator shall cause or allow any motor vehicle operated by him or her on school grounds to idle unnecessarily, except for any of the following reasons: traffic conditions over which the driver has no control or is following the directions of a device or person authorized to direct traffic flow; queuing at a school while actively engaged in picking up or discharging students; turbo-charged diesel engine cool down or warm up if required by manufacturer specifications; maintenance of appropriate temperature when under 35 degrees or over 80 degrees, not to exceed three minutes in any fifteen minute period for school buses or one minute in any fifteen minute period for other motor vehicles; and for circumstances involving safety, emergencies, and servicing or repairing motor vehicles.

The term "school grounds" shall mean in, on or within 100 feet of the real property of the school whether or not it is in session, and shall include any athletic field or facility and any playground used for school purposes or functions which is owned by the municipality or school district, regardless of proximity to a school building, as well as any parking lot appurtenant to such school athletic field, facility or playground. Reasonable efforts shall be made by the district to identify by signage all known and actual air intake systems, which may be within 100 feet of an idling motor vehicle. A motor vehicle operator shall not idle a motor within 100 feet of such air intake system, unless the Millis Public Schools has determined that alternative locations block traffic, impair student safety or are not cost effective.

The Millis Public Schools shall erect and maintain in a conspicuous location on school grounds "NO IDLING" signage as described below. All such signage shall contain appropriate sized font so as to be visible from a distance of 50 feet.

NO IDLING

PENALTIES OF $100 FOR FIRST OFFENSE AND $500

FOR SECOND AND SUBSEQUENT OFFENSES

M.G.L. C. 90, § 16B AND 540 CMR 27.00

It shall be the responsibility of the school administration to ensure that each school bus driver employed by the Millis Public Schools and not by a school bus contractor shall, upon employment and at least once per year thereafter, sign a document acknowledging the receipt of copies of M.G.L. c. 90, § 16B and 540 CMR 27.00. The prohibitions contained in G.L. c. 90, § 16B shall be enforced by state or local law enforcement agencies.

LEGAL REF.:  G.L. c. 71, § 37H, c. 90, § 16B, and 540 CMR 27.00

First Reading: waived

Second Reading: 1-7-20

 Third Reading:  1-21-20

 

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