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Idling school buses on school grounds
Education (EDN) CHAPTER 16, TITLE 5, ARTICLE 73, PART 3
* § 3637. Idling school buses on school grounds. 1. On or before July
first, two thousand eight, the commissioner shall promulgate regulations
requiring school districts to minimize, to the extent practicable, the
idling of the engine of any school bus, as defined in section one
hundred forty-two of the vehicle and traffic law, and other vehicles
owned or leased by the school district while such bus or vehicle is
parked or standing on school grounds, or in front of any school. Such
regulations shall apply to school districts identified by the
commissioner, in consultation with the department of health, with a
significant number of children with asthma and those other school
districts deemed by the commissioner as appropriate.

2. Such regulations shall include, but not be limited to, a
requirement that the engines of all school buses and vehicles owned or
leased by the school district be turned off while waiting for passengers
to load or off load on school grounds. When necessary for heating,
mechanical or emergency circumstances, the regulations may allow idling
to the extent necessary to achieve such purpose. Provided, however, that
such regulations shall not conflict with applicable state regulations
and local laws.

3. School districts shall be required to annually provide their school
personnel with notice of the provisions of this section, and the
regulations promulgated pursuant to this section by the commissioner.
The commissioner shall provide such notice for school districts to

* NB Repealed June 30, 2024