Transportation: How to request anti-idling signs for your school

Unnecessary idling of vehicles is a wasteful and costly practice that harms children’s health and the environment (in addition to the vehicle); in fact, it is against the law to idle for longer than 5 minutes in the state of Massachusetts.

To help support idling reduction efforts in Massachusetts schools, MassDEP offers free anti-idling signage and materials to schools.

In order to request anti-idling signs, please follow the steps suggested by the Newton Safe Routes to School Task Force: 

1. Have your school join The MassDEP Green Team

Register here:
In 2018-2019, the following Newton Schools were registered:  Zervas , Mason Rice, Underwood, Pierce and Newton North.  Please note that membership needs to be renewed annually.

2. Request Equipment

You may request equipment once you have registered.
Go to: and select anti-idling on the right side bar. (form here). It requires the signature of the principal and can be faxed or scanned and emailed. Two options available, and various materials for an anti-idling campaign.

3. Put the signs up

Once the signs come in, the principal can put in a request for the custodian to put them up. A drawing of suggestions for where they should go and specifics of which way they should face are helpful.


Please note that new Blue Zone signs that say “No Idling Per State Law” have been ordered by NPS and will go up in late Sept/Oct.  Newton DPW will install the new Blue Zone signs for all schools.

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