NEW YORK — Internet grocer FreshDirect here has agreed to adopt a program to reduce the time its delivery trucks spend idling, state officials said. The retailer also agreed to pay a $50,000 fee for violations of city and state anti-idling laws.
The agreement includes installing electronic controls on delivery trucks that would automatically shut off engines after idling for three minutes. State laws restrict continuous idling of heavy-duty vehicles to five minutes.
FreshDirect also agreed to adopt a strict “no idling” policy for all non-essential business operations. The agreement stemmed from an investigation into consumer complaints of at least 30 instances of illegal idling, the state’s attorney general office said.
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