Stinkin’ Up the Joint

With a nod to the EPA, there’s an anti-idling law in Atlanta for buses and trucks. It states that they can’t idle for more than 15 minutes, and that if they do, there’s presumably a minimum $500 fine.

I’ll give you this: it’s not green, and it’s certainly not good for tiny – and not so tiny -pedestrians wandering around downtown Atlanta with no clue where they’re going who are obliviously huffing the invisible clouds of emissions into their otherwise pink lungs. While I have my own opinions about how this applies to a trucker trying to get a good nights rest in 30 or 90 degree temperatures, that’s not the point of my post.

My point is this: the dozens of buses that line up along Centennial Olympic Park in various shapes, sizes, colors and with a veritable cornucopia of passive-agressive propaganda and marketing dripping from their sides: sitting there for hours on end, oozing emissions while their inhabitants frolic in the spray of the dancing rings or ambush the CNN Center food court or are pressing their dirty little hands up against the glass of the whale tank at the aquarium.

There’s an exemption for weather as well as for passenger loading and unloading, and I ask you: at what point does Atlanta not have “weather”?

With all of the Segway-riffic ambassadors, suck-it-up machine drivers, lawn watering monitors and are we left without funds in the coffers for enforcement officers visit these drivers and enforce the law?

Once again I’m scratching my wee noggin and asking: what’s the point of establishing a law if you (seemingly) have no means or plans to enforce them?

I’m tempted to ask if this is just me being old and crotchety, but I’m fairly certain I already know the answer.

2 Comments so far

  1. silverrubicon on May 8th, 2009 @ 10:54 am

    It seems that whenever law enforcement actually enforces the law and collects fines it’s labeled as a revenue generating scheme. I believe that has even occurred on this blog when Sandy Springs has enforced the speed limit on 400.


  2. maigh on May 8th, 2009 @ 1:07 pm

    Excellent points, though of course I want to point out that I wasn’t the author of the Sandy Springs speed trap post. ;)

    Also quick to point out that in contrast to the news about John Henderson’s assailant being arrested, I clearly want the police focused on the *real* issues. That said, I’m thinking the meter maids/parking enforcement officers should be able to handle this as part of their regular duties?



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