Vehicle Idling Survey

Idling is running the engine of your vehicle when it is parked or not in use (regardless of whether you are in the car or not). An idling ordinance was passed by Aspen City Council over thirty years ago to reduce air pollution. Vehicle idling over 5 minutes in Aspen has been illegal since the 1980s. The Environmental Health Department is looking for community feedback about the issue of enforcement of vehicle idling. Thank you for taking a few minutes to answer our questions.

* 1. Where do you live?

* 2. Is vehicle idling in Aspen a problem/concern for you?

* 3. Where do you notice idling vehicles in Aspen?

* 4. We know people sometimes idle their vehicles and we want to know if you idle your vehicle. Why or why not?

* 5. Is winter or summer different with regards to vehicle idling (personally or in your observations of others idling)?

* 6. If you do idle, what measures would help change this behavior?

* 7. Currently idle violators are subject to a warning for first offense, a $50 ticket for the second offense, and the fines increase continuously for third offense and more, in addition a court appearance is mandatory with third violation. What level of enforcement would you like to see?

* 8. Would you rather see a different penalty structure than the one described above?

* 9. How do you think the City of Aspen is doing now with idling enforcement?