Northern Exposure: Minneapolis educates public on new idling rule

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line staff writer | 7/11/2008

Minneapolis officials are taking an education-first approach to enforcing the city’s new anti-idling regulations.

The city approved a five-minute idling limit for diesel trucks and buses this spring, and in June added a three-minute limit for vehicles under 10,000 pounds.

The truck idling limit allows idling for drivers resting in the sleeper berth, for inspections and during traffic congestion.

Stiff penalties start at $200 per violation. Each subsequent violation, however, doubles the fine total up to a maximum of $2,000.

Minneapolis hasn’t yet issued a citation for the new idling limit, said Daniel Huff, the city’s supervisor of environmental services.

“We don’t want to start aggressive enforcement until we do a good job educating everyone about the new ordinance,” Huff told Land Line.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer

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