Billy Idol, de Blasio launch anti-car idling campaign in New York: ‘Billy never idles’
Billy Idol is letting out a rebel yell — about car idling.
The “White Wedding” singer is the face of a new, pun-tastic public awareness push from New York City urging drivers not to idle.
In a public service announcement released Friday, Idol tells New Yorkers, “If you’re not driving, shut your damn engine off! Idling is polluting.”
“I mean, bollocks, are you trying to choke us all?” the British-born rocker says in the video. “Don’t clog our lungs with your car fuels.”
Idol appeared at a Friday news conference alongside New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) to launch the initiative, leading the crowd in an animated chant of “Billy never idles!”
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“If you see a truck or bus idling, if you see them breaking the law and polluting the Earth, you, right there, can take action,” de Blasio said during the event. “You can help us protect our Earth. You can help us keep our air clean. You can do it. And we will not only thank you, we will pay you.”
The campaign’s website states that idling in New York for longer than three minutes is illegal.
“If you witness a vehicle idling illegally, you can potentially receive a reward for your enforcement efforts through our Citizens Air Complaint Program,” the site says.