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June 8, 2005
City mounts anti-idling blitz
  
The City of Toronto will make breathing a little easier this summer by
launching a campaign to reduce the number of vehicles left idling in the
downtown core during a five-day blitz from June 13 - 17.

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 $105 plus a $25
provincial surcharge.

"Motorists need to be aware that idling vehicles increase the level of smog in
the City and contribute to poor air quality," said Les Kelman, Acting General
Manager, Transportation Services, City of Toronto. "By avoiding unnecessary
idling, we can reduce smog and make the air we breathe a little bit cleaner."

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.

"The City of Toronto is among nine GTA municipalities and three regions
participating in the campaign," said Eva Ligeti, Executive Director of the
Clean Air Partnership, the organization co-ordinating the campaign.

The Clean Air Partnership is a charitable organization that works to promote
and co-ordinate improvements to local air quality. This campaign is a
collaboration between the Clean Air Partnership, Natural Resources Canada and
municipal members of the GTA-Clean Air Council.

The initiative to restrict vehicles left idling is part of Toronto’s overall
strategy to reduce pollution-causing practices. In June 1998, Toronto City
Council adopted a Smog Alert Response Plan. This plan addresses the immediate
air quality issue on Smog Alert Days and calls for modification of operations
in order to reduce emissions contributing to poor air quality.


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Steve Johnston
Sr. Communications Coordinator
Support Services
416-392-4391



 

 

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