Idling engines produce emissions that cause health and air quality problems. Turning car engines off while parked; and carpooling or taking public transit instead of driving alone in our cars are easy ways to improve local air quality.
What is the town doing?
In 2019, Town Council amended and strengthened the Anti-Idling By-law, making it a violation for a vehicle to idle for more than three consecutive minutes except under certain circumstances. To request support for a school anti-idling campaign contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The town runs an ongoing smog reduction education campaign, targeting town employees. Town vehicles and equipment have stickers reminding staff not to idle.
What you can do:
- Turn the engine off when dropping off or picking up your child at school—car emissions are especially harmful for smaller bodies
- Don’t use a drive-thru. If you do, turn off the car as you wait—remember the exhaust fumes can go into your vehicle and nearby buildings
- Encourage others to turn their engines off in the above situations
- Reduce your car use
- Run an Anti-Idling Campaign - Download the Anti-Idling Campaign Resource Kit (pdf) that includes speaking notes, curriculum links, newsletter inserts, idling tracking sheets and anti-idling badges for the kids to decorate and wear. If you are interested in running a campaign please contact email@example.com and the town will provide you with posters, outdoor banner, safety vests, and anti-idling window decals free of charge.
By not idling you will:
- Save money—idling for ten minutes a day wastes an average of 100 litres of gas per year
- Reduce wear and tear on your vehicle's engine, excessive idling can damage engine components
- Help protect our climate and air—you will help reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions