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Substitute Bill BL2020-114

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

WHEREAS, in 2009, the Environmental Defense Fund recommended reducing idling to save money and cut pollution; and

WHEREAS, in 2009, Vanderbilt University published a research paper titled: "Costly Myths: An Analysis of Idling Beliefs and Behavior in Personal Motor Vehicles" that though most modern fuel-injected engines do not need warming, and restarting a vehicle uses less fueling causes less wear and tear on the vehicle's engine than idling for 10 seconds or more, the average individual idles for over 16 minutes a day and believes that a vehicle can be idled for at least 3.6 minutes before it is better to turn it off, and those who held inaccurate beliefs idled, on average, over 1 minute longer than the remainder of the sample; and

WHEREAS, in 2010, the State of Tennessee introduced no idling of unattended vehicles in Tennessee Code Annotated § 55-8-162; and

WHEREAS, in 2014, the Nashville Metropolitan Government introduced an Engine Anti-Idling Program for Metro Vehicles in Administrative Order 01-09 Revision 02; and

WHEREAS, in 2017 the Livable Nashville Committee recommended launch of a "No-Idling" pilot program at Nashville schools, hospitals, and daycare centers; and

WHEREAS, in 2019, Mayor Cooper announced multiple initiatives, including but not limited to reducing CO2 emissions in Nashville; and

WHEREAS, a limitation on idling in Nashville and Davidson County will help to accomplish Metro’s initiatives and lead to better air quality.

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 on public streets or in public or private parking areas, such as parking garages or surface parking lots.
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. Airport shuttle buses actively engaged in the discharge or pickup of passengers;
6. School buses actively engaged in the discharge or pickup of students;
7. 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.;. 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.;
8. Except as stated in subsection C.7., 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 may be reported to department of health via the HUB or its successor, and providing license plate number, type and make of vehicle, day and time the incident occurred, location where incident occurred, and approximate time idling if known. The violator may receive an informational postcard on the adverse effects of idling vehicles.

Section 2. This Ordinance shall take effect 90 days after its passage, the welfare of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.

Sponsor(s)

Tonya Hancock, Nancy VanReece

Legislative History

Substituted adoptedJanuary 21, 2020

Referred toHealth, Hospitals, and Social Services Committee

Indefinitely deferredJanuary 21, 2020

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Last Modified: 01/28/2020 1:31 PM