Burlington Restricts Engine Idling To Protect Air

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A new city ordinance makes it illegal for people to idle their vehicles in Burlington for more than three minutes.

The ordinance that took effect December 31st makes exceptions for vehicles that run refrigeration units, vehicles that are being repaired or if shutting off the vehicle would jeopardize the health or safety of someone in it.

But Burlington Police Chief Michael Schirling says enforcement is not high on police radar.

The Burlington Free Press says a less restrictive ordinance enacted two decades ago that applied to idling during warm weather months did not lead to many tickets.

Schirling says the department’s parking division primarily enforces the ordinance, which focuses on education.

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