Residents of New York receive significant payouts for video shooting and reporting idle trucks.
The New York Times of March 19, 2022 reports 20 residents documenting idling trucks on video. For each truck that stands idle more than 3 minutes, they receive 87.5 dollars.
The group calls themselves the “Idle Warriors” and are responsible for fighting idleness in the city.
For decades, New York City has had laws against truck idling in the city. However, it was not enough. Thanks to a new incentive program, local residents are now profiting from law enforcement in the city.
The Citizens Air Complaint Program has been in place since 2018 and allows citizen to report illegally parked trucks online in exchange for a 25% bonus of the $350 or more fine imposed on a commercial vehicle driver. To report an idling truck or bus, residents must provide a video showing the vehicle idling for more than the legal three-minute limit.
The video must also include the name of the transport company.
The program does not allow complaints about the idling passenger vehicles.
According to The New York Times report, 81-year-old New Yorker Paul Slapikas made $64,000 in 2021 alone through the program.
In February 2020, Mayor Bill de Blasio presented a high-impact new ad campaign called “Billy Never Idles” featuring rocker Billy Idol to combat “lazy” trucks on the streets of the city.