Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Metro council considering $50 fine for idling more than 3 minutes in vehicle

This bill passed first reading Tuesday night Jan. 7th. All bills on first reading are lumped together and pass by a single vote.  Bills are considered by committee after first reading and before second reading.  If there is any discussion on the floor it will most likely happen at the next Council meeting, Jan 21, when the bill will be on second reading. Below is the text of the bill. 

Bill BL2020-114


An Ordinance to amend Chapter 10.56 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws to limit the idling of motor vehicles.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT OF NASHVILLE AND DAVIDSON COUNTY:

Section 1. That Chapter 10.56 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws is hereby amended by creating a new section 10.56.310 as follows:

10.56.310 – Idling Motor Vehicles

A. No person shall cause or permit the engine of a motor vehicle, other than an authorized emergency vehicle as defined in Section 12.04.020, to idle for longer than three minutes while parking, standing, or stopping.

B. No person shall cause or permit the engine of a motor vehicle, other than an authorized emergency vehicle as defined in Section 12.04.020, to idle for longer than one minute if such motor vehicle is within an established school zone while parking, standing, or stopping.


C. Subsections A and B shall not apply to the following:


1. When a vehicle is stopped for an official traffic control device or signal, for traffic conditions over which the driver has no control, including but not limited to a line of traffic, railroad crossing, construction zone, or at the direction of a law enforcement officer;

2. When necessary for safety or an emergency;
3. When necessary for vehicle maintenance;
4. When necessary to accomplish work for which the vehicle was designed, except transporting passengers, or to operate equipment;
5. School buses actively engaged in the discharge or pickup of students;
6. School buses idling for a period or periods aggregating not more than 20 minutes in any 60-minute period when temperatures are less than 40 Degrees Fahrenheit or greater than 75 Degrees Fahrenheit.


D. The driver of any vehicle found in violation of this section shall be subject to a fine in the amount of fifty dollars.

Section 2. This Ordinance shall take effect from and after its passage, the welfare of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.

Sponsor(s)


Tonya Hancock



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1 comment:

  1. Isnt enough we already have a no person in car idle law this feels like there trying to restrict my driving and how long i can spend in my car which i paid for it and the gas in and i passed emissions already and really 1 minute when sitting at a school thats bs people are gonna freeze to death waiting on kids or going places now this law is bullshit and needs to be pulled

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