The City’s Idling Control By-law (By-law No. 2007-266) prohibits drivers from idling their vehicles for more than three minutes in a given 60-minute period, when the temperature is between 5°C and 27°C (including the humidex calculation and wind chill value as determined by Environment Canada).
- Idling is allowed during extreme outdoor temperatures to ensure that an occupied vehicle’s interior can be heated or cooled.
- Exceptions are provided for a number of different vehicles, including:
- Emergency vehicles
- Transit buses and vehicles, when picking up and discharging passengers
- Farm vehicles
- Vehicles required to remain motionless because of an emergency, traffic, weather condition or mechanical problem, over which the driver has no control.
View the entire by-law:
Idling Control By-law (By-law No. 2007-266)
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