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May 22, 2007
City mounts idle-free campaign
The City of Toronto and Toronto Police Service are teaming up to make breathing a little easier by launching a campaign to educate the public about the importance of not leaving vehicles idling during a four-day blitz from May 22-25.

“Avoiding unnecessary idling of vehicles is something that all of us can do to help the environment,” said Glenn De Baeremaeker, chair of the City’s Works and Infrastructure Committee. “In fact‚ if all drivers of light duty vehicles in Canada avoided idling for just five minutes a day we would prevent more than 1.6 million tonnes of green house gases from entering the atmosphere. That’s the equivalent of taking 490‚000 cars off the road.”

“This campaign is about educating the public,” added De Baeremaeker. “With our bylaw, we have the authority to write tickets, but we’d prefer to see people voluntarily turn off their engines and take a crucial step to improving the air that we breathe.”

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.

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.

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.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Steve Johnston, Sr. Communications Co-ordinator, 416-392-4391



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