Vehicle emissions testing is part of the state of Colorado's overall strategy to improve air quality in and around Denver, Boulder and the North Front Range. Vehicles are one of the largest contributors to harmful air pollution that leads to adverse health effects. The testing program is designed to reduce those pollutants including harmful ozone emissions. To find the answers to specific questions choose from the menus above, or visit our search our site.
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We think everyone can agree that the winners of this year's Kids 4 Clean Air Colorado poster contest have amazing talent.
Students in grades 1 through 8 were challenged to learn a little about their age group's clean air theme - there were four - and then to depict that theme in an original artwork poster. 100 entrants rose to the challenge in spectacular form. The artwork was so well done in fact, that there were two first place winners in the 3rd and 4th grade category! The winners each received a new bicycle, helmet and water bottle, and a Radio Disney rally at their schools.* And, each winner's school was awarded a $1,000 grant for an environmental initiative of the school's choosing. The submissions were evaluated on the use of the Air Quality (theme) message, the visual effectiveness, originality and universal appeal.
And the winners are...
1st & 2nd Grade category theme - Put a Cap on Ozone! Broken or missing gas caps can allow up to 30 gallons of gasoline to evaporate per year.
Winner: Paige, 2nd grade
3rd & 4th Grade category theme - Stop at the Click! If you help out by filling the family car with gas, you might be tempted to put just a little extra in after the gas pump clicks off, or you might see your mom or dad do this. Don't. It's bad for the car and bad for the air.
Winner: Chayse, 4th grade
Winner: Vishva, 3rd grade
5th & 6th Grade category theme - Engines Off! When your parents are waiting to pick you up from school or soccer practice, leaving their car running creates nasty pollution, as well as wastes gas.
Winner: Julie, 5th grade
7th & 8th Grade category theme - Maintenance Matters! Keeping up with your car maintenance is not only important to keeping your car running, but also to protecting our air.
Winner: Rae, 7th grade
Many local and state governments have adopted laws and ordinances that limit vehicle idling to combat increasing air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Each law and ordinance varies in who it targets, the basic overall structure, and the penalties associated with not complying, however, the overall objective of each law and ordinance remains the same – to protect air quality by reducing emissions created by unnecessary vehicle idling.
Colorado Laws and Ordinances
- Aspen – Limits vehicle idling to five minutes in any one-hour period and the vehicle must be attended to at all times
- Basalt – Limits vehicle idling to no more than two consecutive minutes
- Denver – Limits vehicle idling to five minutes in any one-hour period and the vehicle must be attended to at all times.
- Johnstown – Vehicles weighing more than ten thousand (10,000) pounds are forbidden from idling for more than 15 minutes in any one-hour period
- Greenwood Village – Vehicles weighing more than twelve thousand (12,000) pounds are restricted from idling for a consecutive period longer than five minutes
- Mountain Village – Limits vehicle idling to five minutes within any one-hour period and the vehicle must also be attended to by a licensed operator
- Telluride – Limits vehicle idling to 30 seconds and vehicle must be attended by a driver. Idling time permitted is extended to three minutes for starting an engine in cold weather
- Winter Park – Limits vehicle idling to no more than 15 consecutive minutes
In addition to the laws and ordinances listed above, Colorado Revised Statute 42-4-1206, more commonly known as the "puffer" law, allows law enforcement officers across the state to immediately ticket individuals who have left a vehicle running unattended for any period of time.
Additional Laws and Ordinances from across the United States
- District of Columbia – Limits vehicle idling to three minutes while the vehicle is parked, stopped, or standing, including for the purpose of operating air conditioning equipment in the vehicle
- Salt Lake City, UT – Limits vehicle idling to two minutes within city limits. First offenses are provided a warning, however, subsequent offenses can result in a fine up to $410
- Park City, UT – Limits vehicle idling to three minutes and carries a $100 fine for violators
- Minneapolis, MN – Limits vehicle idling to no more than three minutes in any one-hour period. Vehicle operators may idle for up to 15 minutes in temperatures less than zero degrees or higher than 90 degrees
- Vermont – School buses shall not idle the engine on school grounds for more than five minutes within a one-hour period and must turn off the main engine upon arrival
Common Exemptions Found in Idling Laws and Ordinances
- The ambient outside air temperature has been less than twenty (20) degrees Fahrenheit for each hour of the previous twenty-four (24) hour period; or
- The latest hourly ambient outside air temperature is less than ten (10) degrees Fahrenheit.
- The idling restriction in subsection (a) shall not apply to emergency vehicles; to vehicles engaged in traffic control operations; to vehicles which are being serviced; to vehicles that must idle to operate auxiliary equipment, including but not limited to pumps, compressors or refrigeration units; or to vehicles en route to a destination that are stopped by traffic congestion.
- The time during which transportation vehicles are actively loading or discharging passengers shall not be included in the computation of the five (5) minutes determined herein to be a prolonged or unreasonable period of time. A transportation vehicle shall be defined for purposes of this section to mean motor vehicles designed to transport a minimum of sixteen (16) persons
What Can I Do?
- Encourage your elected officials to adopt an idling ordinance. For example, the City and County of Denver's Idling Vehicle Ordinance limits idling to five minutes in any one-hour period. Denver Police have the authority to ticket any vehicle left idling for a period longer than five minutes and can ticket immediately any vehicle left idling unattended ("puffer" law).
- The Colorado State idling law, passed in 2011, allows local governments to limit idling by some of these vehicles (commercial diesel vehicles of 14,000 lbs or more) to no more than 5 minutes within 1 hour. Communities can impose a fine of up to $150 for first time offenses and up to $500 for second offenses and beyond.
- Read the US EPA's Model Idling Ordinance.
- Use this sample idling law as a template to draft your own legislation for your community
WHEN YOU STOP, TURN YOUR ENGINE OFF!
- See more at: http://enginesoff.com/2_7_laws_ordinances.htm#sthash.TPYx4SsI.dpuf
We all share the air, so what can we do to keep our air clean? Create a picture that shows simple steps that we can all take to help keep the Front Ranges’ air clean and you could win a new bike for yourself and $1,000 for your school. Winning entries will be featured at Envirotest – Air Care Colorado stations along the Front Range, and you will have the chance to record a clean air message to be heard on Radio Disney this fall.
Envirotest - Air Care Colorado, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the Regional Air Quality Council, the American Lung Association of Colorado and National Jewish Health have teamed up to launch the “Kids 4 Clean Air Colorado” poster contest. The contest will help kids learn about and teach their friends and family how they can all do their part to help keep the air clean and protect it for the future!
Kids here’s where we need your help, and where you can help your school! Kids 4 Clean Air Colorado is holding a poster contest for all kids in first to eighth grade. There will be four winners, one in each group, and these winners will receive a bicycle for themselves and a $1,000 grant for an environmental initiative at their school! The poster themes are separated as follows:
1st to 2nd Grade: Put a Cap On Ozone –
Broken or missing gas caps can allow up to 30 gallons of gasoline to evaporate per year. These stinky fumes can create harmful ozone that can make your lungs burn. Help demonstrate how we can put a cap on these gross ozone gasses and make our environment more fun outside!
3rd Grade to 4th Grade: Stop at the Click! –
If you help out by filling the family car with gas, you might be tempted to put just a little extra in after the gas pump clicks off, or you might see your mom or dad do this. Don’t. It’s bad for the car and bad for the air. Learn why you should not overfill a car’s gas tank and illustrate your ideas to remind people to Stop at the Click!
5th to 6th Grade: Engines Off! -
When your parents are waiting to pick you up from school or soccer practice, leaving their car running creates nasty pollution, as well as wastes their gas. In order to help our environment and save your parents some money, teach them to turn off their car during long waiting periods. Help show how we can demonstrate the benefits of turning your car off when going nowhere!
7th Grade to 8th Grade: Maintenance Matters –
Keeping up with your car maintenance is not only important to keeping your car running, but also to protecting our air. Encouraging your parents to keep their car maintained not only helps them get you to your games on time, but it also helps keep our air clean. The pollution produced from not properly maintained cars is the leading cause to the brown cloud over Denver. Your poster should help educate your parents on how to keep their car running great and keep our air and get the smog out of the air!
Show us your creativity by entering the Kids 4 Clean Air poster contest today. Posters must be submitted by 5 p.m. Friday, September 20, 2013. Students may either send or bring their posters to the Envirotest – Air Care Colorado offices at 5175 Marshall St., Arvada, CO 80002, or at the Regional Air Quality Council located at 1445 Market St., Suite 260, Denver, CO 80202.
Winners will be chosen in late September and award presentations will be held in October.
Visit www.AirCareColorado.com for rules and regulations, entry forms and more information on how to help keep our air clean. You can also follow Air Care Colorado on Twitter.