City of Plano Sustainability and Environmental Services

Posted on: August 31, 2017

Plano's Anti-Idling Ordinance in Effect Beginning Sept. 1

The Plano Police Department is partnering with the City of Plano’s Environmental Health and Sustainability Department to participate in regional programs aimed at reducing harmful emissions.

This initiative will be in cooperation with several other cities/counties. The goal of these programs is to improve air quality by enforcing a new motor vehicle idling limitation rule. This is one component of the Dallas-Fort Worth 8-Hour Ozone Attainment Demonstration State Implementation Plan which is the federally mandated clean-air plan for this region. Within the next few weeks, the City of Plano is installing signs in areas traditionally known for excessive idling in an effort to promote awareness of these restrictions throughout our jurisdiction.

Enforcement begins September 1, 2017 and can consist of verbal and written warnings as well as citations. The citations will carry penalties of up to $500 per offense. This ordinance applies to vehicles weighing greater than 14,000 pounds idling for more than 5 minutes or 30 minutes for buses.  Click here for more information, including a list of exemptions.

Contact information to make a complaint regarding excessive idling:

• Plano Police Department (972-424-5678)

• North Central Texas Council of Government (877-NTX-IDLE)

• By visiting: www.EngineOffNorthTexas.org


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