A system for managing engine idling operation is provided. The system includes a communication center (16) communicatively coupled to at least one vehicle (10, 12, 14, 16) having an engine. A database (22) is provided that has idling regulation information stored therein based, at least, upon geographic location. The vehicle with the engine further includes an idling detection system. The idling detection system includes an idle detect sensor (36), a processor (30) and a location information module (38), such as a GPS receiver. The processor (30) is operably coupled to the idle detect sensor (36). The location information (38) module is operably coupled to the processor (30) to provide position information relative to the vehicle (10, 12, 14, 16). The processor (30) is configured to monitor vehicle idling and provide a warning thereof based upon an idling regulation stored in the database (22) selected by current vehicle position information.