Dallas to begin enforcing new idling law April 1

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The City of Dallas will begin enforcing a new anti-idling law on April 1. Violating the five-minute idling limit may result in penalties up to $500.

The city passed an ordinance in May 2007 prohibiting motor vehicles that weigh more than 14,000 pounds from idling longer than five minutes during the annual peak ozone period of April 1 through Oct. 31.

Use of such idling-reduction options as auxiliary power units, direct-fired heaters and electrification are permitted to provide driver comfort.