Skip to comments.Salt Lake City Council makes vehicle idling longer than 2 minutes illegal
Posted on 10/29/2011 10:59:10 AM PDT by smokingfrog
SALT LAKE CITY Motorists who leave their vehicles idling for more than two minutes in Utah's capital city run the risk of being fined.
The Salt Lake City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve an ordinance making idling of vehicle engines a crime punishable by a fine of between $50 and $210, depending on the number of offenses and how quickly fines are paid.
The goal, city leaders said, is to improve air quality in the Salt Lake Valley, where more than 50 percent of air pollution comes from vehicle exhaust.
"Anything we can do to reduce pollution on an individual basis contributes to what we need to do on a valley-wide basis," Councilman Stan Penfold said.
The ordinance includes plans for a public awareness campaign and a six-month grace period to make sure Salt Lake City residents and visitors are aware of the new law and its purpose before any fines are issued.
First-time offenders of the ordinance will be let off with a warning.
"Our primary goal is to educate as opposed to enforce," Councilman Carlton Christensen said.
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We have traffic lights that go longer than that. Should be a good source of revenue. /sarc
Public Servants Gone Wild. Someday, the voters are going to wake the hell up and remind these morons who they work for.
Sureeeee it is...
Video City PoloiJerks Limos, POVs, city vehicles, ... idiling for more than two minutes. Then turn the Videos over to BrightBart, Hannity, etc., and watch the City PoliJerks cry.
Will Huntsman take credit for this piece of crap too? Guess these folks are still living in 1970 because since cars started coming with fuel injection, the computers are very adept at handling the changes in exhaust gases.
Don’t these people have other things to do instead of putting shackles on the people?
They were kind enough to include exemptions when the temperature is 32 degrees or below, or when it is 90 degrees or above.
So if it’s 34 degrees, they can turn on their motor for 2 minutes, then turn it off, then back on, then off, then back on... I’m going to buy stock in companies that make Starters.
Train crossings, red lights, absurdity on parade.
'Course, if idling is bad, then stands to reason actual driving, which creates even mnore exhaust, is not too far behind as a target.
The logical end result of ALL lib/dem rules and regs is total disaster and failure.
Yep...”Land of the free”...
The commenters there aren’t too impressed either.
as usual this is aimed at big trucks the poli’s dont care if i have to stay warm (or cool) while i sleep in my cab
Good thinking SR.
Good thinking SR.
I am sure there will be tons of city street workers sitting in nice toasty warm truck cabs on the job site this winter.
“I am sure there will be tons of city street workers sitting in nice toasty warm truck cabs on the job site this winter.”
...and they won’t be very happy when they are busted all over youTube.
Does this cover such vehicles as railroad engines and airplanes, The railroad engines have limited emissions controls and there current are none for jet engines. Both of these vehicles idle for longer then 2 minutes daily in the course of their duties.
It is estimated that On-Road Mobile sources cars, trucks, buses, and other vehicles licensed for highway travel, generate 37% of Nox while Non-Road Mobile sources aircraft, ground support equipment, construction equipment, farm equipment, boats, locomotives, and lawn and garden equipment, generate 19% of Nox emissions.
It’s so predictable what will happen. They made the new law as gentle as possible. Once it’s approved, enforcement will go up, and the fine will be very easily increased from the $20 level. That’s how taxes creep on us.
I understand from one of my sons, a long hauler, NO IDLING UNLESS IT"S BELOW 20 degrees - or above 90.
Now, as you say, you guys LIVE in those trucks. That would be like saying you can't turn on your furnace unless it's below 20 or y our air unless above 90.
In addition - when it's 90 OUTSIDE your truck, your cab and sleeper berth is up to 20 degrees hotter.
For example, when he crisscrossed Texas this summer - which was almost always well above 100 degrees, his cab reached 130 degrees more than once.
This can make you dangerously sleepy while behind the wheel = and can dehydrate and kill you in the berth.
That's not to mention, you cannot sleep that kind of heat. That impacts your 'manage your fatigue' directive and makes your driving more dangerous.
But government egg heads - whatever they come up with, there's one common denominator: One size fits all.
Don't tell them, but most truckers know how to get around this, for the most part. They know how to jury-rig it, by-passing the system.
My son, however, (who just picked up a brand new truck with the idle freeze built in, told them he wasn't going to do that. He said: "YOu either get an authorized waiver today from the manufacturer that allows me to have it by-passed or you get the truck back tomorrow."
He's been on the road enough years and with a top tier reputation that they acquiesced. He doesn't suffer fools gladly.
I doubt they care. It's about more revenue.
With the forever road construction going on along the I-15 corridor, the traffic jams are as bad as Los Angeles.
(How much do you get for each click on the site?)
Sounds like another one the many ‘green outfits’ that got/still getting Obumbles stimulus money.
Man, don’t get stuck in traffic.
Like when Obummer comes to town to campaign for Lord HAW-HAW Reid.
So what happens when they make your car illegal? Does it get deported? :-)
Yeah. And I want to see how many of these council-nannys drive gas-guzzling SUV’s too.
Two nights ago, as I was coming home from work here in Contra Costa County, CA, I was “passed” by two CHP Crown Vics that were running way in excess of 100 mph (it was probably more like a buck twenty) w/o benefit of lights or sirens. Where were they going? They were headed down the freeway about five miles to “relieve” their fellow officers who are enjoying a new perc that California has inherited from Taxachusetts, namely sitting on night highway construction sites with their lights and engines running all night long. I guess midnight was the shift change and they were late to provide relief to their “brother officers” who had the swing shift as it was about 11:50. We pay these people to sit on their asses and do nothing!
Thanks smokingfrog, from the 29th.
They really have nothing better to do?
Nanny State PING!
Conservatives need to do a lot more of that sort of thing.
Street theater works. We need to make it work more for us.
Sooo, how many kids are they going to cook this summer? 88 degrees outside can mean temps well over 100 inside.
Liberals just getting what they vote for. If you elect Libtards, you get libtard policies.
Thanks for the ping!