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Basalt reduces idle time

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

BASALT ” We all know that idle time can lead to trouble. Now it can be costly as well in Basalt.

The Town Council approved an ordinance Tuesday night that reduces the legal idle time for vehicles to two minutes from 10 minutes.

The penalty, as with many regulations in the municipal code, can be a fine of up to $1,000 or up to one year in jail. Town officials are more concerned about educating residents and gaining compliance than they are about issuing stiff penalties.

The reduction in idle time was recommended to the Town Council this spring by the Basalt “green team,” a committee of citizens and town officials working on environmental issues. The change is intended to reduce fuel consumption and emissions of greenhouse gases as well as noise.

The town government plans to place stickers on its two-hour parking signs around Basalt. “With 95 percent of the people, that’s all it’s going to take,” said Town Manager Bill Efting.

The ordinance applies to the idle time of stationary vehicles. There are some exemptions for certain kinds of heavy machinery and diesel powered motor vehicles.


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