It’s a fast-paced town, but all it takes is a leisurely stroll through Manhattan to find illegal idlers.
Post reporters had no problem finding more than a dozen trucks and buses parked with their motors running overtime everywhere from Battery Park to the Upper West Side.
On Eighth Avenue near Times Square, a 25-seat shuttle bus sat idling for more than 10 minutes while its driver stood on the sidewalk, offering passers-by a ride to Paterson, NJ.
The man refused to answer when asked whether he knew he was breaking the law.
“I need to go. I need to go, my friend,” he said, before hopping into the white Ford and taking off.
Outside the Port Authority Bus Terminal, a Fuji Lines van was spotted idling beyond the three-minute limit. A supervisor for the vehicle said its passengers would pass out if the engine weren’t keeping the air-conditioning on.
“What about the people inside the bus now? What would happen to them after five minutes if we shut off the engine? Can they stay inside this bus without AC in this weather?” he said.
He didn’t believe the city program that allows anyone to report violators was legit.
“Your video doesn’t make any difference. An officer is supposed to be at the scene,” he said.
Other environmental scofflaws included a truck from the J.B. Hunt shipping firm at West 74th Street and Columbus Avenue that idled for more than half an hour.
The driver said he left the engine on because he needed the AC on. He expressed no concern about citizen whistle-blowers.
Near Battery Park, a double-decker CitySightseeing New York bus was idling for at least 19 minutes.