The City unanimously approved an anti-idling ordinance on Thursday. The ordinance, which will go into effect January 2017, requires parked vehicles that weigh more than 14,000 pounds to turn off their engines after five minutes in an attempt to reduce harmful ozone emissions idling produces.

To enforce it, San Antonio police officers either have to directly observe idling for more than five minutes or receive a complaint from a third party requesting them to intervene.

A full description of the ordinance can be downloaded here.

(Read more: City Approves Anti-Idling Ordinance, Bans Use of Coal Tar Sealant)

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