Commissioners Approve Anti-Idling Rules

Keep it moving–Bexar County Commissioners give a green light to an anti-idling measure.

The rules are aimed at trucks weighing 14-thousand pounds or more–and are part of a larger, overall strategy for keeping the San Antonio area from falling out of compliance with EPA clean air standards.

“This is just one piece of an overall issue we are facing” Judge Nelson Wolff said, adding the large number of trucks traveling through the area make it a necessity.

“Many of them park in some of the truck stops in the area–or may pull over to the side of the road and continue to run their motors” Wolff said.

“When they do that, they’re generating even more pollution” the Judge added.

The rules will be enforced–at least initially–through a public service campaign. County leaders said their adoption sends a very strong message to the EPA.

“We’ll be able to report to the EPA a step of further progress towards attainment” said Bexar County Public Works Director Renee Green.

The City of San Antonio is expected to adopt it’s own anti-idling ordinance sometime in June.

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