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Idling Control By Law

Proposed By-Law

The Town of East Gwillimbury currently does not have an Idling Control By-law. An Idling Control By-law would help prevent the unnecessary idling of vehicles within the Town which would reduce the amount of harmful emissions entering the environment and reduce noise pollution.  This proposed by-law would provide Municipal Law Enforcement Officers with the tools to regulate excessive idling of vehicles.

Council has been proactive in implementing environmental policies and is looking to adopt an idling control by-law. The new by-law would restrict idling, and would result in fines for those who are not compliant.

You can read the full staff report from Tuesday, April 2, 2019 here.

Provide your feedback

Prior to moving forward with the by-law, Council would like public input. Share your thoughts:

  1. Attend the upcoming Open House on April 10, 2019 from 5 to 8 p.m. to meet with the Town's By-Law Officers to learn more and share your thoughts.
  2. Complete a brief online surveylinks to external site to share your thoughts

Idling Facts

  • Children breathe twice as much air as adults, making them more susceptible to airborne pollutants such as those emitted by idling
  • New vehicles emit approximately 99% less CAC emissions than vehicles built in the 1970’s, however, vehicles today still release carbon dioxide which is the principle greenhouse gas linked to climate change.
  • Warming up the vehicle means more than warming the engine. The tires, transmission, wheel bearings and other moving parts also need to be warmed up for the vehicle to perform well. Most of these parts don't begin to warm up until you drive the vehicle.
  • For the average vehicle with a 3-litre engine, every 10 minutes of idling costs over one quarter of a litre (over 1 cup) in wasted fuel. Keep in mind that every litre of gasoline you use produces about 2.3 kilograms of carbon dioxide.
  • Contrary to popular belief, excessive idling is not an effective way to warm up your vehicle, even in cold weather. The best way to warm it up is to drive it. In fact, with today's computer-controlled engines, even on cold winter days, no more than two to three minutes of idling is usually enough warm-up time before starting to drive. This also reduces fuel consumption and GHG emissions.
  • Calculations drawn from a 1998 survey on driving habits suggests that in the peak of winter, Canadians voluntarily idle their vehicles for a combined total of more than 75 million minutes a day – equal to one vehicle idling for 144 years. We idle about 40 percent less in summer, but Canadian motorists still waste a significant amount of fuel and emit unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Bottom Line: the more fuel you use, the more carbon dioxide your vehicle produces – an easy way to cut fuel consumption is to avoid unnecessary idling

For more information on idling go to the Government of Canada, Natural Resources websitelinks to external site