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September 18, 2006
City and Police join forces to stop motorists from idling vehicle engines
The City of Toronto and Toronto Police Service are working together this week to reduce the number of vehicles left idling during a five-day blitz, from September 18 to 22.

Under the City’s anti-idling bylaw, most vehicles left idling for more than three minutes in a 60-minute period are subject to a fine of $100 plus a $25 provincial surcharge.

“It’s important to remember that smog is not just a problem in the middle of the summer - it’s a year-round issue,” said Councillor Shelley Carroll, Chair of the City’s Works Committee. “By avoiding unnecessary idling, we can reduce the level of smog in the city that contributes to poor air quality.”

The City of Toronto is encouraging drivers to reduce their vehicle idling even further by reducing warm-up idling (just turn on the engine and go) and by turning off the engine when stopping for more than 10 seconds, except in traffic.

“Toronto Police Service will be supporting the City of Toronto in this effort,” said Sgt. Brian Bowman, Toronto Police Service. “We take very seriously the impact of unnecessary vehicle idling on our environment.”

Restricting vehicles left idling is part of Toronto’s overall strategy to reduce pollution-causing practices. The City is working with community partners such as the Clean Air Partnership to promote an idle-free Toronto.

Media contact:

Steve Johnston
Sr. Communications Co-ordinator



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