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May 11, 2009
City's idle-free campaign encourages drivers to avoid idling their vehicles
The City of Toronto is launching its biannual campaign to educate the public about the importance of not leaving vehicle engines 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.

“With our bylaw, we can write tickets, but we’re asking people turn off their engines when they are not in traffic and take a crucial step to improving the air that we breathe,” said Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker, Chair of the City’s Works and Infrastructure Committee, speaking about the five-day blitz that will take place from May 11 to 15. “The purpose of this campaign is to educate the public about a small way that they can really make a difference. If you stop idling, you'll help keep the air clean and you'll save yourself some money.”

Restricting vehicles from unnecessary 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

The Air Quality Health Index measures air quality in terms of how it affects human 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. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. 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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