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September 29, 2008
City mounts idle-free campaign - encourages drivers to avoid idling vehicles
The City of Toronto is launching a campaign between September 29 and October 3 to educate the public about the importance of not leaving vehicles idling.

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, in partnership with the Toronto Police Service, is encouraging drivers to reduce their vehicle idling by reducing warm-up idling (just turn on the engine and go) and by turning off the engine when stopped for more than 10 seconds, except when in traffic.

“Avoiding unnecessary idling is something all of us can do that will help us to protect our environment and our climate,” said Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker, Chair of the City’s Public Works and Infrastructure Committee (Ward 38 Scarborough Centre).

Restricting vehicles left idling is part of Toronto's overall action plan to reduce the emissions that contribute to climate change and poor air quality. The City also encourages residents to consider alternative methods of transportation such as walking, cycling and using public transit. The City’s Climate Change, Clean Air and Sustainable Energy Action Plan is available at

“As residents of Toronto, we need to do everything we can to reduce the level of smog in our city that contributes to poor air quality,” added Councillor De Baeremaeker. “Studies have shown a direct link between contaminants from vehicle emissions and significant health effects. In Toronto, it is estimated that 1,700 people die earlier than expected each year and 6,000 hospital visits are linked to heart or lung diseases.”

Reducing vehicle idling can help improve the air we breathe. The Air Quality Health Index is a new tool that measures air quality in terms of our health. Hourly readings and forecasts are available at

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 numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts: Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker, Chair, Public Works and Infrastructure Committee, City of Toronto, 416-392-0204; Steve Johnston, Sr. Communications Coordinator, 416-392-4391,



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