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Idling in Cottonwood Heights

Post Date:01/08/2020

Idling Vehicles in Cottonwood Heights FAQs

 ski traffic

Q – I live near Wasatch Boulevard and I hate it on heavy ski days when vehicles sit and idle for hours? What can the city do about this?

A – This is a situation where idling is allowed under city code. Chapter 9.62 of Cottonwood Heights City code allows for idling vehicles when a roadway is blocked because of traffic conditions or traffic control devices. This is allowed for multiple reasons, including quicker advancement of traffic when conditions improve, and additionally as a welfare of a passenger or driver (i.e. keeping the heat on in the vehicle on a snowy or cold day).

 

Q – What is the city code regarding idling on private property

A – Privately owned vehicles parked on private property do not have limitations on idling.

 

Q – What is the official word on idling vehicles in Cottonwood Heights?

A - No driver shall allow a vehicle’s engine to idle on public property or on private property open to the general public within the city’s corporate limits for more than one-minute subject to certain exceptions.

 

Here is the official text from Chapter 9.62 IDLING VEHICLES

 

Chapter 9.62

IDLING VEHICLES

Sections:

9.62.010 Limitations on idling vehicles;

Exceptions.

9.62.020 Violations.

9.62.010 Limitation on idling vehicles;

Exceptions.

No driver shall allow a vehicle’s engine to

idle on public property or on private property

open to the general public within the city’s

corporate limits for more than one minute,

subject to the following exceptions:

A. The vehicle is forced to idle on a

roadway because of traffic conditions or traffic

control devices.

B. Vehicle idling is necessary for auxiliary

power for law enforcement or fire equipment;

emergency and/or water equipment;

refrigeration units; loading and unloading lifts;

well drilling; farming; battery charging; or for

the proper functioning of other equipment that

is part of the vehicle.

C. Vehicle idling is necessary for the

efficient operation of a turbocharged heavy

duty vehicle (e.g., buses) or to operate a vehicle

within the manufacturer’s operating

requirements such as, for example, building air

pressure in air brake systems.

D. Vehicle idling is necessary for the

health and/or safety of a driver or passenger,

including police K-9 or other service animals.

E. Vehicle idling is necessary for the

proper repair, maintenance or inspection of the

vehicle.

F. The vehicle is an authorized emergency

or law enforcement vehicle and is either:

1. Being used in an emergency or by an

on-duty law enforcement officer; or

2. Needing to idle for the safety of the

emergency workers.

9.62.020 Violations.

A. Because this chapter is primarily to

educate, an individual must be issued three

warning citations before a citation may be

issued for violation of this chapter.

B. Violation of this chapter is punishable

as an infraction.

 

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