New Law Lets NY Locals Earn Money By Tattling On Idling CMV's

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Marc Lee's Comment
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A new NY City law allows locals to keep 25% of the fine when they report an idling truck or bus.

By Ashley -April 1, 2019

From CDL Life A new video from Vice News shows how New York City residents can earn thousands of dollars by reporting idling trucks and busses to city officials.

A video entitled “How To Get Rich Reporting On Idling Vehicles In NYC” was released by Vice News on March 30.

In the video, environmental activist George Pakenham shows Vice reporters exactly how he banked thousands of dollars by submitting evidence of idling commercial vehicles. Pakenham says that he has patrolled the streets of New York looking for idling vehicles for more than a decade, but a law enacted in 2018 allows him to keep 25% of the fine imposed on the commercial vehicle driver.

The fine for violating New York City idling laws can range anywhere from $300 to $2000.

“I’ve submitted 120 times and I got paid nine thousand dollars. Cash in the bank,” Pakenham said.

According to the official website of the city of New York, “You can report an idling vehicle, other than an authorized emergency vehicle, that is parked with its engine running for more than three minutes, or parked next to a school with its engine running more than one minute.”


Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.


Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Tractor Man's Comment
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George Pakenham had better save that money for hospital bills. I'm sure the NY Truck Drivers are not all too happy with George's little crusade. What a little p#!@k!


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Junkyard Dog's Comment
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Thank God my company does very little business in New York and California for that matter. This may not be politically correct but I don't want to deliver food to people who treat us like this. If this is what they think of us... I'm just going to stop here.

Tractor Man's Comment
member avatar least they know who they are looking for!!!


PackRat's Comment
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I just say NO to NYC. Closest I ever get is the GWB, and that’s too close for me.

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