SALT LAKE CITY -- Idling a car for more than two minutes is now illegal in Salt Lake City.
City councilmembers approved an ordinance Tuesday that makes long-term idling punishable by a fine of between $50 and $210.
City leaders say the ordinance is an effort to improve the air quality in the Salt Lake valley.
Officials said they are focusing on education more than enforcement. The city is planning a public awareness campaign and a six-month grace period to make sure word gets out about the new law.
First-time offenders will be let off with a warning.
Emergency vehicles, police, and customers at drive-through businesses are exempt from the law.
Motorists are also allowed to idle vehicles to run air conditioning when temperatures exceed 90 degrees, and heat when temperatures drop below freezing.