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Anti-Idling Vehicle Ordinance

Minneapolis’ vehicle idling ordinance may require you to make a few changes in your habits. If you and enough other drivers reduce unnecessary vehicle idling, the result could be cleaner air for everyone.

Ordinance Information

View the City Council Ordinance, Chapter 58 Idling

The anti-idling ordinance restricts idling of cars and other gas or diesel powered vehicles to no more than three minutes in a one hour period. Another portion of the ordinance limits idling of buses, trucks and other diesel engine-powered vehicles to no than five minutes in a one hour period. (Exceptions are outlined later in this article.)

Exhaust from an idling car carries a higher load of pollutants than a moving car, so reducing unnecessary idling is one easy way we can all do something to improve air quality. Vehicle motors release into the air:

These chemicals are linked to increased rates of cancer, heart and lung disease and asthma and are the major source of human-caused global warming.

Saving Money

While most folks are already turning off their cars when they’re not on the move, they sometimes let their cars idle by habit, especially when waiting to pick someone up or dropping something off. If cleaner air isn’t incentive enough, consider that your idling car is getting zero miles to the gallon. Turning off your engine in these situations will save you money.

On average, a car will burn more than half a gallon of fuel for every hour spent idling.

In general, 10 seconds of idling uses more fuel than restarting the car.

Another cause of excessive idling is warming up a car. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, warming up a car’s engine in winter needs no more than 30 seconds. Driving a vehicle cuts warm-up time in half, and idling is harder on the engine than driving.


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Last updated Oct 31, 2018



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