A bill sponsored by Councilman Buddy Baker that would allow drivers with remote starting devices to warm up their unoccupied vehicles on their private property passed second reading Tuesday night.
Though it may seem commonplace for Nashvillians to warm up their cars as they wait inside their homes, the practice technically violates Metro law. Over the past year, Metro police issued 22 citations for folks who broke the rule.
A handful of Council members spoke up to offer words of support for Baker’s bill, but these same people said ideally all drivers –– not just those with remote starting devices –– should be able to leave their cars running during cold days.
“Just a small segment of the population has the type of technology that this bill addresses,” said Councilman Bo Mitchell. “The average citizen is ruled out if they don’t have this technology.”
Ban on outdoor sale of pets approved
The Metro Council adopted a measure on third and final reading to outlaw the outdoors sale or giveaway of dogs, cats and other domestic animals.
Councilwoman Karen Bennett, an animal rescue volunteer who represents the Inglewood neighborhood, sponsored the bill to crack down on vendors who set up shop along vheavily trafficked corridors or at the entranceways of businesses such as grocery stores.
Though intentions of these individuals aren’t always bad, she contends, a lack of proper veterinarian experience often means dogs and cats are sold carrying diseases and ailments that go untreated.
Bennett’s legislation had the support of the Nashville Humane Association. The new law will not affect nonprofit groups that conduct pet adoption services and does not prevent the sale of pets from one’s place of residence or business.
Previously, Metro mandated individuals carry a vendor’s permit when selling pets, but the prevailing thought among animal experts is that appropriate documentation is often disregarded.
The new law will be enforceable by Metro codes, Metro police and Metro Animal Care and Control.