Ann Arbor to fine drivers who leave their vehicles idling beginning July 1

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (WXYZ) - A crack down against idling your car now comes with a painful & costly fine in the city of Ann Arbor.

Starting July 1st, Ann Arbor wants to cut down on vehicle emissions and improve air quality, so grab your keys or it could cost you big time, if you don't follow the rules.

Its called unnecessary idling and Ann Arbor cops will soon be enforcing in a whole new way. Considered a civil infraction, commercial drivers can no longer leave a vehicle idling unoccupied - or occupied for more than 5 minutes.

The 5 minute rule also applies to other drivers, but people are urged to cut off their engines after 10 seconds.

It's not just cars or trucks. The new rule applies to any vehicle with an internal combustion engine.

City leaders are urging people to spread the word, before enforcement begins.

They're hoping this will help cut down on lung disease, asthma and emphysema.

But it won't be cheap.

The city will also soon be putting up signs to signify no idling zones. This is a result of a 9-1 vote by city council.

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