,A, CITY O F KINGSTON
m REPORT TO Environment, Infrastructure and
Transportation Policies Committee
I Report No.: EITP-08-018
TO: Chair - Environment, Infrastructure and Transportation Policies Committee
Lance Thurston, Commissioner, Corr~niur~ity
RESOURCE STAFF: &
Terry Willing Director, Buildir~g Licensing Department
Kim Leonard, Manager, Licensing & Enforcement Division
DATE OF MEETING: April 10,2008
SUBJECT: Proposed by-law to Control the Idling of Vehicles and Boats
The Environment, lnfrastructure and Transportation Policies Committee endorsed a draft of the proposed expanded
idling by-law Report# EITP-08-006 on December 13,2007. Council approved the recommendation of the Committee
"THAT the ElTP Committee host an advertised Public Meeting in accordance with Notice Provision By-law 2003-15,
to recommend input on proposed amendments to By-Law 97-277 Y By-Law of the Corporation of the City of
Kingston to Control the ldling of Vehicles and Boats", it being understood that any public input will be considered at a
subsequent ElTP meeting for recommendation to Council."
The draft By-law was released for consultation that occurred during a Public Meeting hosted by the Committee on
February 26, 2008. Comments were also received through the City of Kingston website which was posted on
December 27, 2007. This report reflects the comments received up to Friday, March 7 , 2008 which was the cut off
date for submissions.
'THAT a by-law be presented for Council approval to repeal by-law 97-277 being "A By-Law of the Corporation of the
City of Kingston to Control the ldling of Vehicles and Boats";
'THAT by-law 2008-XXX "A By-Law of the Corporation of the City of Kingston to Control the ldling of Vehicles and
Boats" be presented to Council for approval, and;
THAT the new by-law 2008-XX take effect on July 1,2008.
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CONSULTATION WITH THE FOLLOWING COMMISSIONERS:
Commissioner Beach, Sustainability & Growth
Commissioner Hunt, Finance & Corporate Performance
Commissioner Thurston, Community Development Services
Commissioner Leger, Corporate Services
Jim Keech, President, Utilities Kingston
(NIR indicates consultation not required)
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The development of a new Idling By-law is the result of a need to expand the idling by-law to encompass the entire
City of Kingston. A draft of the proposed Idling by-law was first presented to Environment, Infrastructure and
Transportation Policies Committee on December 13,2007.
At its regular meeting o.n December 13, 2007 the Environment, Infrastructure and Transportation Policies Committee
approved the recommendations set out in EITPC report number 08-006. The Committee requested that input be
gathered from the public meeting and from the adve~tised requests for feedback to be included in a staff report back
to the Committee along with final recommendationsto address the issues raised.
This report includes all comments that have been received as a result of the public meeting and consultation. Some .
sections of the by-law have also been further reviewed by staff and the results of those reviews are also included in
Public comments indicated varied responses. Of the 90 written responses received 41 fully supported the proposed
by-law in its draft form; an additional 14 supported the by-law but had concerns with removing the cold weather
exemption. Of the remaining comments 13 opposed the by-law and 9 did not indicate a preference. A breakdown of
the majority of comments was as follows:
Support By-Law in its Draft form
Support by-law but have concerns with boat engine use
Do not support by-law
Concerns of children wearing coats in child seats
City Vehicle complaints 2
Accessibility Considerations 1
No preference indicated 9
Consideration should be given to regulating drive throughs 4
Support By-Law but recommend reducing idling to 1 minute 1
Support by-law but do not agree with all those exempted 2
The comments received are attached to this report as Exhibit "A". Not attached to this report is a 44 page report
received from Canadian Restaurant and FoodservicesAssociation to support their 2 main suggestions. They feel
that the Municipality should be focusing on drivers who idle more then 10 minutes. They also feel that we should
focus an education program on mechanical fitness such as catalytic converters. Staff will be pursing the suggestions
regarding mechanical fitness as part of the public education program to follow.
Those that support the by-law in its draft form indicated strong support for the by-law and all were in support of no
exemptions for cold and hot weather. One comment suggested that the idling time be reduced from 3 minutes in a
60 minute period to one 1 in a 60 minute period.
While many were in favor of no temperature exemption some did voice concerns over clearing of vehicles for safe
operation during the winter months. Staff supports the need to address this issue, and the attached by-law now
includes a provision to allow for idling up to 5 minutes in a 60 minute period when temperatures fall below 5 degrees
Celsius, as detailed under section 3.2 of the final draft. Staff is not recommending any further changes to the draft
by-law as a result of public consultation.
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'There were concerns regarding boat engines. It was sl~ggested boat engines m ~ ~betwarmed up before casting
off or they stall and therefore the engine that is used as a brake that controls and assists the driver to control the boat
safely would not be operable. Staff has confirmed that 3 minutes would be sufficient time to warm a boat up for full
One respondent had indicated that children are not to wear winter clothing in their car seats for safety reasons and
therefore extended idlirrg would be required for the warmth of small children. Staff has confirmed that there is no
legislation in place requiring infants and small children not to wear winter clothing but that there is often a
manufacturer's suggestion on the car seats that are purchased.
A final draft of the proposed by-law has been prepared and is attached as Exhibit "C" of this report,
EXISTING POLlCYlBY LAW:
Authority to regulate idling is granted by the province under Section 10.2 (6) of the lblunicipal Act, R.S.O. 2001, c. 25,
as amended, which authorizes the city to pass by-laws and make regulations for the health, safety and well-being of
the persons of the municipality in matters not specifically provided for by the Municipal Act.
The draft by-law was made available to the public through the media, and the City's website. A public meeting was
chaired by Councilor Hutchison and held at Portsmoutli Olyrr~pic Harbour on Tuesday, February 26, 2008. Notice of
the public was advertised in The Kingston Whig Standard on Tuesday, February 12,2008 and a copy of the
advertisement is attached as Exhibit "B". The public was also invited through the public meeting, the web site and
the February 12,2008 advertisement to provide additional comments in writing by March 7, 2008.
Accessibility concerns were raised from those who transport accessible persons. Staff confirmed that from the
description of the service the vehicle is required to be operational to perform its function and therefore it would fall
under a mobile workshop which is exempt when performing its basic function. Concerns were also raised about
those who needed to idle for health reason. Staff confirms that the by-law provides for exemption for these people as
long as they are in receipt of a physicians letter advising of the requirement to idle for health reasons.
Greg IVlcLean, SI- pewi is or, Animal Control & By-Law Enforcement - 613-546-4291 ext. 1336
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OTHER CITY OF KINGSTON STAFF CONSULTED:
Paul MacLatchy, P.Eng. Director - Strategy, Environment & Communications I Administration
Barclay Mayhew, Director of Project Development
Bob Napier, Deputy Chief, Kingston Police Department
Bud Steele, Manager of Fleet Operations - Fleet Department
Damon Wells, Director of Public Works - Public Works Department
John Giles, Manager of Solid Waste - Solid Waste Department
Judy Brick, Operations Administrator - Program Development Department
Kelly Williams, Arena Manager - Facility Operations Department
Malcolm Morris, Director of Transportation - Transportation Department
Nancy Taylor, Vice President of Utilities Kingston -Administration Department
Paula Nichols, Manager Transit & Parking, Transportation Department
Public Health Unit
Robb Kidd, Assistant Fire ChiefIDirector of Fire Prevention, Fire and Rescue
Exhibit " A - Public comments received
Exhibit " B - Advertisement of Public Meeting
Exhibit " C - Proposed Draft By-Law
"PUBLIC COMMENTS RECEIVED"
Tliis is a fantastic idea. I'm not sure how you plan to enforce it. Perhaps a website where citizens can
report License plate number, location and time. Person can be sent a warr~ing?Might be expensive. Maybe
parking ticket officers could keep an eye out for offenders as well.
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Idling bylaw is fine if ~ l otaken to .the extreme. In the case of boats, boat engines must be warmed up
before casting off or they stall and since the engine is used as a brake that controls and assists .the driver to
control and move the boat safely in close quarters it is important to avoid stalling. Boat engines are cooled
using the lake water and for this reason should not be compared to cars. Running boats to charge batteries
or to heat water well that is not acceptable. Please do your homework when it comes to how it should apply
to boats. Thanks
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Another cor~plete waste of taxpayers money in pursuit of an unenforceable law. There are probably 20
thousand or more vehicles and boats in the Kingston area. With 24 liours in a day how many inspectors will
I be paying for?
As an aside, it is entirely unsafe to idle many boats for only 3 minutes before leaving the dock. If the
engines are not adequately warmed up, they can easily stall and not re-start creating a dangerous situation.
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I am stroqgly in favol~r an expanded idling bylaw. The sooner the better. IVo cold temperature exemption
should be given, though. People should buy block heaters for the engine a.nd electric heaters for the cabin
if necessary. This is quite corlmon in Northern Ontario and colder provinces such as Saskatchewan.
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I am strongly in favour of an expanded idling bylaw. The sooner the better. No cold temperature exemption
should be given, though. People should buy block heaters for the engine and electric heaters for the cabin
if necessary. This is quite common in Northern Ontario and colder provinces such as Saskatchewan.
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Recent news reports warn that infant and ch~ld seats cannot be used with the child in a snow suit or
coat. In order for the straps on car seats to fit properly the child must not be wearing winter clothing. If the
by-law prevents parents from warming up the vehicle prior to placing the infant or child in the vehicle there
is a considerable risk to the infant in cold weather.
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I've already submitted my opinion (in favor) but just witnessed a city pick up idling unnecessarily.
It was 11:55am at the new Sunoco on Taylor Kidd at Centennial. I parked my car in a parking spot and
walked the 20 feet or so to buy a drink. In front of ,the "store" a White City of Kingston pick up, wi.th a tra.iler
attached holding a snow blower, was idling with 2 very warmly dressed workers in the passenger seats.
Surely our Outdoor City workers who are well bundled for the weather, can turn their truck off to go get
coffee!! Eventually the driver left the store and got back into his truck.
If I can park my car and walk the short distance to the shop, surely our City employees can do it as well!!
If this is to work, please make a rule that City vehicles must not idle or use drive troughs.
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I tliil-~k this is an irr~practical foolish idea! In the winter time people need to run their cars to assist
them to remove ice frozen onto windshields & windows in the name of safety. Surely, our police liave more
urgent tasks to attend to then timing idling vehicles. Having said this, I do feel that many people do idle their
vehicles excessively. I do not support the idea of yet another law in order to prevent them from doing so.
We have too many laws already.
The city truck are the worst for idling they go to dig a hole and they send about 3 truck and backhoe . They
all are idling all day. So you would have to fine the city. BIG DEAL
A ridiculous, i~nenforceable bylaw. Why are you wasting my tax dollars even considering such a thing? If
you want to do something for the environment that will also reduce the amount of garbage Kingstonians
produce 'the11 some pressure on the federal & provincial governments to have them pass a law that will
cause manufacturers to reduce the amount of packaging they use.
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(quote) "Accessibility Considerations: There are no accessibility issues proposed in the amendments."
My husband is wheelchair bound and there are times when we have planned to go into a store or grocery
store only to find the snow hasn't been shoveled enough for me to push the chair through or it's too
dangerous for him to get out of the vehicle because I've had to park on the left hand side of a one way
street. Now I'm not going to be an hour in these cases but you certair~ly need to make some do
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Re: Idling bylaw
The proposed idling bylaw is a great idea, it should be unlawful for people to sit idling intheir cars on the
causeway while the bridge is up. Or at train stops. Or in the parking lot. Etc etc. It just doesn't make any
sense. As an asthma sufferer, it's already diffici~lt enough to breathe in the summertime smog. That is one
reason I chose to move my family out of the city and into a rural area (an atterr~pt escape surrlmer traffic to
However, who will be policing the bylaw? Probably only ourselves. The key to making this bylaw work is
through public education and awareness. Only when it becomes unacceptable publiclsocial behavior will
more people take action. I remember visiting a friend in a small city in Switzerland over twenty years ago,
where they have had idling laws for years. They had signs posted at certain stoplights indicating when it
was required to shut off the car engine. One time, the person in ,the car next to us did not shut his engine,
and people around I-~irn honked to let liirr~ know it was unacceptable.
This is exactly the social attitude we need to help cultivate here in Kingston. We have the opportunity as a
community to be a leader in green environmental practices. Let's step up and make this work. I think an
aggressive and prolonged publicity campaign is needed. The pesticide bylaw is a small step in the right
direction. Let's keep moving and become Ontario's green city.
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I know that 3 minutes is not enough time to defrost windows in a vehicle and if the vehicle is driven without
the windows defrosted, you will be .finedfor obstructed view. I car1 live with removirrg the "above 27"c inside
the vehicle." (Just open the windows) but I think that there should be an exemption when the temperature
(Outside, not in the vehicle) drops below a certain temperature (Say...OOc) That would eliminate the
problem with the by-law officers not being able to monitor the temperature inside the vehicle. They would
just have to know how cold it is outside. A lot of vehicles these days have external temperature gauges and
if the by-law officers' vehicle was so equipped, they could use it to determine the temperati~re where the
idlirrg vehicle is located. This is mainly for vehicles that have been sitting long enough for the windows to
,frost up. (ie... overnight, full shift at work... etc.) Maybe ,there should be an allowance for the discretion of
the officer if the vehicle is being idled to make it safe to operate on the roadways. That way, the exemption
would not apply to a vehicle that was has already had the windows defrosted but was left idling because
the owner knew the temperature was below the exemption limit (ie. OOc)
PS. I will not include my full name because, with that; you can find out where I live and sit in front of my
house in the mornings with a stopwatch. (BTW.... the last emissions test for my vehicle, it passed with all
readings at 0.) (Cleaner than most anything I've seen before or since)
I would support the expansion of the idling bylaw to a city-wide implementation. I think it is a small but
significant step towards a more sustainable way of living, the benefits of which drastically outweigh the
This is a wonderful initiative. My question is, how do you plan to enforce this great idea? Even downtown
where idling seems to be the rule, I have never seen anyone ticketed. Perhaps I have just never been in
the right place at the right time, but I think this would be a great source of revenue for the "cash-strapped"
The proposed expanded idling bylaw sounds reasonable as does the removal of the temperature
restrictions. I presume that's why I've never heard or nor seen anyone receive a ticket to date.
Good work by everyone involved.
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Finally- thank you! Creating a consciousness of the issue in addition to a reduction in emissions is a clear
step in the right direction.
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I strongly support the proposed expansion of the City's idling bylaw, and encourage even greater
restrictions, such as decreasing the amount of time idling is permitted. I fully agree with the importance of
disallowing idling even in extreme temperatures, when the effects on the environment are even worse.
My son has asthma, and I have been told by physicians that it is likely due to the bad air quality in Kingston,
where he has lived since birth.
I often see vek~icles idling well beyond tliree minutes, especially in front of the school my son attends
(Sydenham P.S.), and suggest that this area, as well as others where children gather, be a focus of by-law
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Excellent idea, the entire city must comply in order to reduce emissions.
1 would not excuse people who can't be bothered to go into a store and would prefer to sit and wait in an
idling car to keep warm - go in to the store to keep warm.
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I am in support of the by-law being extended across the entire city. However, I am against the removal of
the temperature exemptions. Putting a load on an engine (such as driving) while cold causes an incredible
amount of unnecessary wear and tear, and I do not believe that 3 minutes is a long enough period of time
for and Internal Combustion engine to reach its optimal operating temperature. I-ikewise, extreme high
temperatures are not only uncomfortable but can be dangerous to the very young or old. With the extreme
temperatures we have experienced in recent summers I do not believe 3 minutes is a long enough period
of time to get the temperature inside a vehicle to a safe level. That being said I commend staff and council
for their concern with the environment, I only ask that these temperature exemptions be considered further.
Thank you for your time.
BEING THE OWNER OF MANY TAXIIS,I THIIVK ITS IMPOSSIAL . THE DRIVERS IN THE WINTER,
ALONG THE CUSTOMERS WILL FREEZE.
BEING ALL OF THE CARS HAVE EMISSION TESTED.
I ALSO DON'T THINK IS FARE THAT THE CITY BUSES ARE NOT UNDER THE SAME RULES, WHERE
I SEE THEM PUTTING POLUTION IN THE AIR.
CUSTOMERS HAVE THE SAME RIGHT IN A TAXI AS THE PEOPLE RIDING ON THE BUSES. ALSO
WHEN THEIR PAYING MORE MONEY.
I THINK THE N.D.P COLINSELLORS SHOULD COME TO GRIPS WITH REALITY!
1. I doubt that I can de-ice my windshield with 3-r~inutes tinie.
2. How many bylaw officers will be needed to cruise the street to catch the offenders? and will they use
gas-powered vehicles on their routes? Or will neighbour be encouraged to spy on neighbour? George
Orwell would be pleased.
3. This seems to me to be one of the most useless bylaws I've seen in a long time.
If the city is serious about cuttiug greer~house emissions over the entire city, the only sensible bylaw is
one that prohibits unnecessary idling of all vehicles and boats, at any time, and in all conditions, wi.thout
1) being disabled driver, I cannot clear windshield so will use defrost to clear ie after going in a store &
snow builds up.
2) fix the damn traffic lights so one doesn't have to stop at every light. currently Broxk & johnson are the
or~ly streets acceptable.
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I believe there should be an exemption for extreme temperatures. On a frigid morrling in February niy car
windows will not defrost in 3 minutes. I wouldn't want to be in violation of the law-either idling too long or
driving with obscured vision.
The other thing that concerns me is the response from the Police Department- "By order of the Chief -
Police vehicles are considered operational at all times."
Why should their "mobile offices" be exempt any more than a real estate agent's or a taxi cab?
The last point I would like to make is that some city departments, on reviewing tlie draft bylaw, are or~ly
worried that the exemptions will "work" for them. "We can see problems if we are shutting down our' buses
frequently, as we has a
bus recently not restart at Lemoine Point." Will the average taxpayer be afforded the same excuse? The
solution of course is to ;fix the damn thing.
I am sure that every citizen understands the need to reduce greenhouse gases, emissions and smog and is
willing to sacrifice some comfort for the common good. In the spirit of the bylaw, I would expect the city to
lead by example.
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No exemptions for idling. This makes no sense. It is appalling to see vehicles in parking lots with the motors
running for extended periods. If it is hot, get out and go into the building. If cold, wear proper clothing. I see
lines of cars outside schools, motors running, waiting for kiddies. Can these people not tolerate just a bit of
discomfort?? The air in Kiugston is getting worse every year. As a.n asthmatic, I thought I would never hear
the words, Smog Advisory in Effect. Tliat is tragic. I would urge enforcement at those blasted drive .thru
windows. Check the line at Tim Horton's at the army base. Up to 50 cars in a line, motors running, because
the occupants are so lazy and fat they cannot park the thing and go inside!!@ Makes me ill to see this. And
these are the folks who complain about the price of gasoline!
I am strongly in favour of the proposed changes.
Excellent work. I hope the temperature exemption stays out.
Perhaps you could make residents aware that they can buy resistive cabin heaters to warm their cars in
Winter. These devices are commonly used in Northern Ontario and western cities like Regina, and should
work well here where it is less cold.
I'm curious which will be worse for the environment. The amount of exhaust that my family's car will spew
out while we sit in the traffic jams caused by the opening of the Lasalle Causeway and/or the gridlock we
can expect when there will be an event at the K-Rock Centre. Oh sure, we could choose to bypass the
downtown core completely and go out to the 401 but how much more exhaust will we dump into the air by
adding 15-20 kms. to our trip? Quite frankly, as an "east-ender" I'm more concerned about that rather than
whether someone is idling tlieir car for four minutes in a drive-through line.
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1. Idling is endemic in supermarket parking lots. Many times I have experienced cars with one passenger--
usually the male driver--waiting for his spouse to return from a visit to one store or another because he is
too macho to be seen shopping. When I pass the vehicle going into a store, it is idling, when I return,
perhaps 15 to 20 minutes later, it is still idling there. 'The vehicle is usually a pick-up truck or an SUV.
2. 1 realize that fast food restaurants get the majority of their business from the cars lining up for 'coffee',
etc, tlie three minute part of the by-law is exceeded most often during the wait time for morning coffee. Why
can these people not park and go inside to niake their purchases? I do.
3. How do you overcome the 'howls of outrage' by practitioners of idling in the winter mo~itlis invoke
the cold temperature safety excuse or those who invoke the necessity(?) to have their car warm up for so-
called proper operation? How do you overcome the selfish mothers who insist that the family car be
warmed to house temperature before to place their child in it? Having come from the prairie where the
temperature gets to minus 40 on occasion and is usually minus 20 at night, we learned to keep our children
well dressed and prepared for all winter's eventualities. We would be home in bed long before the car was
so-called warmed up.
4. Tour buses used to run their air conditioner for long periods in the surrlmer montlis for the 'co~ive~iience'
of.their tourists. Do they still do this? City buses used to keep their engines running while parked for far
longer that 3 minutes. No doubt, there are all manner of reasons for exceptions. If buses continue to idle,
how do you encourage the public at large not to idle?
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I don't approve of an idling bylaw...in the same way we do not regulate a persons use of a leaf-blower....or
a chainsaw....nor do we regulate how far one can travel in their car, or travel in ail airplane. If I want to keep
my car warm on a cold winters day can someone that flew to South Africa twice that year tell me I'm
harming the environment?
The city would better spend their time on bicycle lanes.....mass transport out to Pitts. Township etc.
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I object to any idling bylaw that does not include provision for an external temperature exemption. Vehicles
should be perrr~itted idle up to 10 minutes when the external temperature is outside of a range of -5 to
t 2 5 degrees Celsius.
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I am in full support of any effort made by the city of Kingston to decrease pollution in our city. The proposed
expansion of the cities idling by-law sounds very appropriate and I hope it will be passed and then strictly
In my opinion this bylaw is a complete waste of time and tax dollars. If the goal is to stop idling how about
going about it with out another bylaw. Most people idle because it is not in their brain to not idle. Put some
commercials on the radio "please don't idle", soine eye candy around town that says "idle kills the
environment" etc.. Once people start to think about idling I'm sure most people will make the right choice.
The last thiug the people want is another bylaw.
I fully support the proposed extension of the City's 'idling bylaw. It may be a bylaw that we don't want to
advertise to our European visitors, because in most parts of Europe an ecologically responsible operation
of vehicles is a given and not something that need to be legislated. Nevertheless there appears to be a
need to legislate idling and the City may as well do it properly.
Whether this bylaw can be enforced (a police officer in front of every school? taxi stands? bus stops?)
remains to be seen. I suspect that the police is even more reluctant to issue tickets for idling as they are for
(slightly) drunk driving.
Frankly, a more effective way to reduce GHG could be to promote the use of bicycles and pedestrian traffic.
For example, how about a bike rack in front of city hall? I am sure none of the council members uses a
bike, or Kingston's roads wouldn't be in such horrific shape, but it may still be a nice symbolic act. Ever
considered a sidewalk or pedestrian crossing near the LVEC? A bike lane for the Gardiners Rd underpass?
Never mind I am getting carried away ...
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I think you are starting to be like ,"BIG BROTHER" is watching us ..You have SO MANY BY-LAWS NOW,
that you cannot enforce ,so, try a NEW Plan. START with the CITY. STOP all the CITY cars ,vans ,trucks,
buses ,police cars, taxis, etc. idling first & if you can get this to work, then I will be the first to go along with
you, but ,till then , IT IS JUST A WASTE OF TIME & MONEY & EFFORT.
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I an1 in complete support wlth the proposed expansion of the City's idling bylaw. It is a small thing that we
can all do to save on GHG's.
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If in fact the bylaw is to be implemented I would recommend that the temperature exemptions utilized in
other cities ( eg. Toronto ) be retained.
I think enforcement of the bylaw , should it be implemented will be a major problem
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I arrl not sure why we seem to be concerned about heal,th issues and then decide that it would be okay for
a SCHOOL BUS to idle. In other words, I am not sure if I agree with the exemptions to the by-law.
I think this is an important issue and I am very happy that city staff seems to be aiming for a fairly strict by-
law (let's hope council has the same conviction). Now let's go just a little step further an acknowledge that
school buses(!) are also polluting the environment. Why should they get an exemption? If they are stopping
for more than three minutes ... well, I think it is time to turn off the engine!
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I like the proposal to extend the bylaw to the entire city, and not to allow exemptions when it is cold or hot
outside (especially hot -- that's when errlissions are usually worst and air quality is most affected). Please
go ahead. We all need to do our bit to reduce emissions.
Does the current idling bylaw include the tour buses idling on Ontario St in the vicinity of City hall and all
other downtown areas where these buses park? If it does, then why haven't these tour buses been forced
to adhere to this bylaw????? Before hitting out in all sorts of areas other than downtown Kingston, why not
do a proper job of managing this bylaw in the downtown core first and foremost!!!!
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I support the intent and the content of the idling bylaw. I would note that in Germany, motorists are often
reqr to turn off their vehicles when waiting for lights to change while driving in urban centres. One note,
however, what is to distinguish between a vehicle warming up and one that it idling?
A noble cause indeed, but before expanding the current bylaw has there been any attempt to assess
whether or not it has had any impact? For example, have any charlges or fine beer1 laid against offenders?
Although I recognize and support the concerns re: idling's effect on the environment, and the enforcement
problems that by-law officers would have, I have concerns with not allowing idling (&thus air-conditioning
or heat) when the inside of the vehicle reaches temperature extremes.
Note the detail that a previously air-conditioned car, even with a window open, can become a dangerous
place for children, pets & vul~ierableadults witlii~i minutes. 20
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I agree with the new bylaw restricting idling to 3 minutes. Couldn't happen sooner!!
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Many of my customers at our car dealership are opting for remote car starters to warm up their engine on
cold days. Most of these starters are programmed to run for 5 minutes then shut off. It would be unfort~~nate
if these people were fined for trying to protect their engines on cold days.
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By and large I have no great quarrel with the bylaw as proposed with one exception.
After listening recently to a motor mechanic technician on CBC who spent 30 years in the field of college
teaching and research on these matters, some questions have been raised in my mind. The gentleman
claims that idling our modern vehicles is not the great polluter it was in the past because the computer
chips that control the emission controls and catalytic converter in our modern vehicles today operate in
such a way as to minimize pollution emitted from our modern engines when they are operating at optimum
operating temperature. If we allow the engine to cool down even a few degrees from optimum operating
temperatures, it will cause the engine to emit significantly more pollution.
So this leads me to the question if a person can run the engine for every three minutes in every 60 minutes
under the bylaw and does so to either keep the interior warm in winter or the interior cool in the case of
extremely warm temperatures in summer operation, then they could be pollilting considerably more than by
allowing the motor to idle for a longer period of time at optimum operating temp. This same argument
according to the expert applies to lineups at Tim Horton type drive troughs. He feels that if we force people
to shut down tlieir engines even for a few minutes in such a lineup and the engine's operating temp drops
even a few degrees it will have a very negative effect on the engines emission control system and could
cause the engine to emit greater quantities of pollution.
My question is that before we proceed to passing the bylaw can we assure the population that the best
engineering and technical advice on the wisdom of such stringent controls has been gathered from top
experts such as the one I listened to on the Shelagh Rogers Sounds l~ke Canada program and that they
concur that the goals, objectives and methods of the bylaw will actually work effectively to cut emissions
froni a properly tuned errgine.
I do get tired of my civic leaders coming up with half baked bylaws that pander to the very vocal tree
huggers within our city oft times without having researched the science to support such measures.
I agree completely with the bylaw with the major exception that the idling limit should be 1 minute not 3.
Truth be known, idling is not required by any vel-~icle all; it is only demanded by those who are too lazy to
clean their windows by hand and want a warm seat immediately upon starting off to drive.
I concur in this bylaw change.
Just one disagreement --- I agree that Ambulances and Fire vehicles be exempt, but I do not agree that the
Police need an exemption.
When a police car comes to the scene of an emergency, and ,the Policeman has to leave his car, ,there is
no need for himlher to leave it running. If such officers need to keep warm when writing in a book, then the
temperature exemptions will assist. Alternatively, the Police can be equipped with Prius cars that stay warm
electrically, without the engine running all the time.
In general, the Police, who are charged with monitoring observance of the law, are significant in their
disregard of it. They are often noticeable in their non-observanceof parking regulations.
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Generally in favour of .the by-law. There is a reference (4.12) to hybrid vehicles being exempted that
should be reconsidered. At least two major Japanese ma~iufacturers vehicles wliere the electrical offer
portion of the drive is only to improve performance. The engines of these vehicles do not stop when the
vehicle is stationary
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I am fully in favour of this by-law. I have concerns about enforcement. Our police are already busy and will
they have the time to enforce this by-law. I am also concerned that the areas where I see vehicles idling the
most is in shopping center parking lots and coffee drive through. Do the police have the authority to patrol
his is a by-law long over due.
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Idling ban. Its a great idea.
The trouble is enforcement, How about enlisting the help of residents by pl.lblishing in the paper ( or putting
in our utilities bills) a fake idling ,ticket to be handed out by citizens to fellow citizens when we witness
I have a neighbor who needs a ticket because they idle 25 minutes every morning but I don't want to cause
a big deal....but if I could give a citizens ticket it may be accepted better and cause a behavioral change.
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A great idea! I welcome it!
In Europe, as you may know, they take this even more seriously: if you are waiting in your car for more than
30 seconds (e.g., at a stop sign or red light) you are obliged to turn your motor off. Also, you are not
allowed to start your car before taking the snow off your vehicle because the motor would be running idly in
excess of 30 seconds.
Anything you can do reduce ,this unnecessary pollution,for whatever transport vehicles, is most welcome!
Thank you for your initiative!
Next step: do not allow the use of plastic bags in grocery stores (or any stores) anymore, or make
customers pay a min of 25c per bag. Knowing that these plastic bags take in excess of 100 years to recycle
in our dumps, we would do a big favour to our children and grandchildren
We think this is a good idea but should also address the drive- throughs which are probably the worst
offenders. Another major offender is the numerous buses ,that are idling all summer long in front of City
Hall. We have never seen any evidence of bylaw enforcenient tliere !!!!
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I fully support the Expanded Idling Bylaw.
I think the idling bylaw is a good idea and long overdue. It may be tougli to enforce, particularly in winter if
someone wants to warm up their vehicle while removing a lot of snow. (Can this be done in under three
minutes?). I would really like to see enforcement when it comes to tour buses, as several of those idling on
Ontario street on a humid July day is an air quality disaster. How about the causeway bridge going up? Will
this count as an exemption under the "emergency traffic situation over which the driver has no control". It
definitely shoi~ld Smart motorists already switch off their engines while waiting for the bridge. I think
special mention should be made of ,this in our bylaw, just to ensure clarity, since this happens severa.1times
a day in tlie summer (smog) months. Now, if we could just get rid of those conipletely unnecessary drive-
throughs for donut shops, banks, etc. we would be making real progress. An excellent next step, perhaps!
Thank you for the opportunity to comment.
There are significant issues associated with this proposed bylaw that while the intent and purpose are fair
and reasonable, the outcome will be less than desirable.
In extreme cold this may give license to individuals that will ineffectively clear ice and snow from their
windshields creating a serious hazard. Is ,this a liability issue?
Are drivers in "drive thru" operations expected to turn off their vehicles and turn them back on every time
the next vehicle advances? This will cause significant strain on certain vehicles that may not be able to
cope with this strain on ignition systems.
Does starting and stopping a vehicle create more emissions than idling? This is important to clearly
Has the automobile industry been consulted?
Are you idling if you are stuck in traffic or behind an accident? Does this type of exemption affect
Windshield replacement industry has to be contacted as new windshields cannot be "scraped", an
exemption would be required.
The loss of the "Poker Run" is going to be difficult to explain!
We are becomiug as it is widely perceived, an over regulated city that sadly pursues this type of agenda
instead of many of the more difficult and costly infrastructure projects that need the City's imminent
attention. It is time The City got it's own house in order prior to telling everyone else how to run theirs'!!
I heartily support the City's expansion of the bylaw
Living in what is now Kingston East for the past 35 years I have seen a large increase in traffic. In early
morning and late afternoon on Ontario Street and the causeway all the way to highway 15 traffic is at a
standstill. A bylaw irr~plemented curb vehicle idlirlg would certainly be ill conceived. Council's time could
be better spent finding ways to create better traffic flow to and from the city core. Plar~ning much needed
third crossing over the Rideau to highway 15 would also help alleviate the problem. With the coming of
summer and hopefully tourists this problem is really magnified. Has council ever given thought to how
tourists feel sitting in lines of polluting vehicles for hours?
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Ottawa's regulation re vehicles assisting in an emergency situation is simpler and more comprehensive that
If I stop to assist in an emergency and leave my vehicle idling, and my assista.nce is required for more than
three minutes are you going to fine me???
I do NOT support extending the idling bylaw to the greater Kingston area. There are other ways and means
to approach lowering green house gas emissions that go after the commercial enterprises NOT residential
interests. Stop over bylawing the citizens of Kingston.
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My son has just corr~pleted project where he analyzed vehicle exhaust emission and climate data that had
been collected next to Slater Street in down tow^^ Ottawa. He found sigr~ificantly higher VOC (volatile
organic compound) and SVOC concentrations in the winter sampling period. In the winter, concentrations
of VOCs were also significantly higher in the afternoon when vehicles were cold started and then run in
temperatures lower than -10°C. Some of the compounds detected in emissions were known fuel additives
that were not functioning as designed.He concluded that the vehicles' catalytic converters simply did not
work effectively in extremely cold conditions. Among the toxic chemicals emitted when a vehicle is cold
started or run cold in the winter are the carcinogens toluene, xylene and methyl tert-butyl ether.
According to him, the catalytic niaterial in a converter rrlust reach a sufficiently high terr~perature before it
can 'convert' harmful hydrocarbon emissions. This can take several tr~inutes, especially in the low ambient
temperatures typical of Canadian winters. For the catalytic material to work, the exhaust gas must also
have a 'lambda value' (ratio of total oxygen to the amount of oxygen needed for full combustion) that is
equal to or greater than 1. Unfortunately, to ensure efficient engine starting, exhaust gas mixtures are
generally designed to be fuel-rich (lambdael) during a cold start. The catalytic converter does not work
properly during a cold start because the ratio, in the exhaust gases, of total oxygen to the amount of
oxygen needed for full combustion is less than one. As a result, a significant amount of the overall
hydrocarbon pollutant emissions occur during the initial period of engine operation.
The implications of this is that in cold ambient temperatures idling a vehicle would result in less harmful
emissions than cold starting it several times because the catalytic converter in the idling vehicle would be
warm and therefore working well at capti~ring converting harmful emissions. Perhaps the bylaw could
be amended so ,that it is not enforced in low ambient temperatures.
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Expecting the general driving public to police themselves would be like asking cows to stop fa~ting. To
police the law effectively is a dream. In my opinion the law will be as effective as pissing into the wind. Why
not start by looking at all junk food and banking drive through systems, and the sale of remote vehicle
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I think it would be a good idea to turn motors off when you have to be in a line up for more than 2 minutes,
like a drive through or held up because of an accident anywhere.
The idea is good. Good judgment may be needed in the enforcement of the bylaw since some discression
may be required. Boats must be thoroughly warmed up especially in the cooler weather of early spring and
fall. Boats do not have brakes so they rely on the engine forward and reverse to control movement. If
engines stall because they are not warmed up to operating temperature then there is a risk that boats might
impact docks or other boats. Please don't go overboard and create a self righteous rule to give the
impressio~~ are really addressing the issues in an aggressive way.
One of the major contributions to cars idling are drive throughs. Why aren't these being targeted and that
problem addressed? I have spent more than the 3 minutes permitted idling in traffic in this town thanks to
wonderful decisions like the location of LVEC (construction made driving in and out of the east end
impossible via #2). 1 think the bylaw is ridiculous. Changes in people's attitude are necessary to reduce
emissions not having every little thing legislated. Last time I checked we did not live in a police state
although the way this city is managed I sometimes wonder.
I ani 100% in favour of the proposed expalision of tlie City's idling bylaw.
I am in total support of the proposed expansion to the City's idling bylaw . . . Cleaner air and a reduction in
greenhouse gas emissions should be high on the priority list of every Kingstonian.
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This proposal is a great step forward. Everything we do to halt air pollution will result in an improvement in
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I think that the bylaw is a great step in the right direction.
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It is my firm belief that the City of Kingston should be abiding by any and all of the comparison cities as
surveyed when the original plan was adopted. Obviously then, any updates or expansions should also be
embraced immediately. Aside from the more global issue, air pollution in Kingston seems to be growing at a
fairly rapid rate that I can see most every day as I come over the Fort Henry hill in to the City. I applaud the
City for taking these steps in an attempt to do our small part in the larger ,fight against global warrr~ing!
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This expansion is long overdue. I'm surprised it took so long to get to this stage. I look forward to the
parking by-law staff actually enforcing it. It's been difficult and challenging asking people to turn off their
engines. Good luck.
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Just like the monstrosity built downtown under the pretext of being a Large Venue Entertair~~iient Center
and allowed to be nanie something that cannot,will not be supported by all media outlets, I wonder how the
city intends to monitor the expansion of this stupid by-law since, and this is open to discussion, they have
not even been able to adequately monitor the existing by-law as it pertains to the downtown (city center)
area. Why not just ban all motorized vehicles from within the limits of the boundaries of the City of Kingston
and see if that makes any difference to the amount of green house gases that impact the city as an isolated
entity, and then the world as a whole. It is time that we elect people who are able to think outside the box
and not just those who make the most noise. Just like the other levels of government in Canada,
ur~informed politicians are at tlie rliercy of every stupid suggestion made by bureaucrats. Why not
prosecute every motorist who, due to no fault of their own, is forced to sit for long periods of time on Bath
Road, Princess Street, Bayridge Drive, etc, at rush hour waiting for traffic lights to change. This could be a
great money making initiative for the city. Go for it city hall, you are in the wrong era and on the wrong
track. You should be going after the real polluters in and around the city and joining the band that call on
motor vehicle manufacturers to produce esuriently vehicles.
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I support the City of Kirlgston's proposed changes to the temperature section of the idling by-law. Please
enact as soon as possible.
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I understand what you want to do BUT we live in Canada where the temperature, as we all have
experienced, gets very low and in order to even get your car warm, it must be left running for at least 5
minutes, not to mention any ice. We all do not have garages.
It seems that for a country that is suppose to be free, there are more and more things being done that
impedes our lives in our homes, to our lives.
I believe that many of the by-laws should be put on a referend1.1m.
I definitely agree that there should not be ternperature exemptions.
Some of the worst offenders are the tour buses. I have spoken to school bus drivers who have left buses
idling in winter in the Cataraqui Conservation area. Staff in places such as that should have the authority to
tell drivers to turn off engines. It sets a bad example for children and pollutes the park. i wonder how this is
going to be policed?. It is great to have the expanded Bylaw but it must be enforced to give it teeth.
Perhaps notices should be.put up in certain areas such as outside downtown hotels.
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We must reduce our irr~pact tlie natural enviror~ment,if or~ly simply be fair to other inhabitants of tlie
planet and future inhabitants of the planet. Reducing idling is a way to reduce air pollution and greenhouse
gases by giving up something that is more of a convenience or comfort rather than a necessity. An idling
bylaw is just a small step but it helps reinforce a much-needed change in culture surrounding how we use
energy in our daily lives.
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After a quick review of this bylaw I did not see any reference to commercia.lvehicles such as taxi that are
parked waiting for a call to pickup clients. Does this mean ,that when it is 30 + C. or - 30 C. that tlie driver
can not idle the engine to keep cool or warm? I am sure there are other circumstances that involve other
vehicles as well. Maybe I missed this and if I did please provide reference.
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A city proposing an idling bylaw should do its part to ~~~~~~~e it is also minimizing the cause of idling
throughout the city. I see evidence to the contrary when I get through one red light and am immediately
stopped at the next, a block away. Any street wi,th several consecutive lights is evidence of this. Perliaps
the lights are like this to discourage speeding, but it is at the expense of increased idling time--
unnecessarily. Better synchronization of lights would not only reduce unnecessary idling, but improve traffic
flow. Also, many left turn lanes are faced with red lights in their turning lane once the green arrow has
lapsed. This too increases the idling time of cars who could otherwise go when there is no oncoming traffic.
Drivers are able to make safe left turns at other intersections, why not at these busier ones? Every little bit
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I have no problem with an expansion of tlie bylaw however, I am co~icerned about the lack of flexibility.
During periods of inclement weather such as freezing rainlsleet it would be a matter of safety if people were
not allowed to warm up their vehicles sufficiently to remove the build-up of ice etc from their windows. A
three minute limit is fine in the downtown core because many of the cars have come from the outlying
areas and are already warmed up. When starting out in the morning from the suburbs extra idling time may
be needed. I feel that weather condition sho~.~ld a consideration when expanding this bylaw.
A By-Law to Control the Idling of Vehicles and Boats
Concerned about the amount of excessive emissions being created in our community caused by extensive
idling by vehicles and boats?
Members of the public are encouraged to attend a public meeting to provide
Comments on the proposed By-law to Control the Idling of Vehicles and Boats.
(Written copies of comments are appreciated.)
Tuesday, 26thFebruary 2008 at 7:00 p.m. at the Press Lounge
at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour
Copies of the proposed By-law are available at the Licensing & Lottery Department and in the Clerk's Department
at City Hall, 2 16 Ontario Street.
Written comments will be accepted until Friday, Mar. 7 by mail at:
City of Kingston, attn: Susan Powley, Committee Clerk
at 2 16 Ontario Street, Kingston, ON K7L 223
or sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also download copies of the proposed bylaw, review additional background information and submit written
comments online at cityofkingston.ca.
Draft Proposed Idling By-Law
City of Kingston
BY-LAW NO. 2008-XXX
BY-LAW NO. 2008-XX
A BY-LAW OF THE CORPORATION OF THE CITY OF KINGSTON
TO CON'TROL THE IDLING OF VEHICLES AND BOATS
WHEREAS Section 10.2 (6) of the Municipal Act, R.S.O. 2001, c. 25, as amended, authorizes the
City Council of a local municipality to pass by-laws and make regulations for the health, safety and well-being of the
persons of the municipality in matters not specifically provided for by the Municipal Act;
AND WHEREAS under Section 425. (1) of the Municipal Act, 2001, S.O. 2001, C.25, as amended, a
municipality may pass by-laws providing that a person who contravenes a by-law of the municipality passed under
this Act is guilty of an offence. 3006, c, 32, Schedule. A, s. 184.;
And WHEREAS boats and vehicles are en oxides, carbon monoxide,
sulphur dioxides and volatile organic compounds in the City
THEREFORE the City Council of the Corpor n enacts as follows:
In this by-law:
"Agricultural EquipmentJJ d on agricultural property.
"Agricultural PropertyJJ mea ned for agricultural use in the zoning by-law that
applies to the property.
means a ship
"BoatJJ pelled by oars and includes a boat used
r taxi and a boat used on water for living purposes.
The Corporation of the City of Kingston, as incorporated on
"Idle" and "idling" mean the opration of the engine of a vehicle or boat while the vehicle or boat is not in
"Emergency Vehicles and Emergency Boats" includes an ambulance, a fire department vehicle or boat,
police and any other public agency vehicle or boat being used to respond to an emergency.
"Mobile Workshop" means a vehicle containing equipment that must be operated inside or in association
with the vehicle, or a vehicle serving as a facility for taking measurements or making observations or
conducting maintenance, delivery of service or construction.
"Transit Vehicle "means a school bus, tour bus, motor coach, and public transportation bus
"Tour Boat" means a water vessel that carries paying passengers on a regular route.
"VehicleJ'means a motor vehicle, trailer, traction engine, farm tractor or road building machine as defined
in the Highway Traffic Act and any vehicle drawn, propelled or driven by any kind of non-muscular
power, but does not include cars of electric or diesel electric railways running only upon rails.
2.1 This By-Law Applies to:
Highways forming part of the road system under the jurisdiction of The Corporation of the
City of Kingston.
3. GENERAL REGULATIONS
3.1 No person shall cause or permit a vehicle or boat to idle for more than three (3) minutes in a sixty
(60) minute period.
3.2 Section 3.1 shall not apply when the outside temperature as recorded by Environment Canada is
less than five degrees Celsius (5O C.). No person shall cause or permit a vehicle or boat to idle for
more then five (5) minutes in a sixty (60) minute period when the outside temperature is less than
five degrees Celsius (5O C.).
3.3 No person shall obstruct, hinder or otherwise interfere with an authorized employee of the City or
with any authorized peace officer while carrying out an investigation, making inquiries, or performing
their duties for the purposes of enforcing this by-law.
The following are exemptions from the idling prohibitions:
4.1 Emergency vehicles and activities, including training
activities, except where operator of the vehicle or
4.2 Vehicles and boats assisting in an
Vehicles or boats required to re ain m ion1 ss ich is warranted because of an emergency
situation or other situations conditions or mechanical difficulties over which
the driver has no control is
4.4 Vehicles or the vehicle or boat for service.
4.5 Mobile their basic function.
loading or unloading.
by City Council.
4.8 Transit vehicles and Tour boats will be permitted to idle for five (5) minutes in a sixty (60) minute
period while passengers are embarking or disembarking en route or in a terminal.
4.9 Publicly operated boats to ferry passengers and vehicles on a set route and schedule.
4.10 Agricultural equipment while being operated on agricultural property.
4.1 1 Vehicles transporting a person where a medical doctor certifies in writing that for medical reasons a
person in a vehicle requires that temperature or humidity be maintained within a certain range.
4.12 Vehicles, including hybrid vehicles, that eliminate the emission of green house gases and criteria air
contaminants during the idling phase of operation.
5. OFFENCE AND PENALTY
5.1 Any person who contravenes any of the provisions of this by-law is guilty of an offence and, upon
conviction is subject to a fine as provided for in the Provincial Offences Act and any other applicable
5.2 if this by-law is contravened and a conviction entered, the court in which the conviction has been
entered and any court of competent jurisdiction thereafter may, in addition to any other remedy and
to any penalty that is imposed, make an order prohibiting the continuation or repetition of the offence
by the person convicted.
6.1 If a court of competent jurisdiction declares an ovision, of this by-law to
be invalid, or to be of no force and effect, it is t enacting this by-law that
each and every provision of this by-law author rced in accordance
with its terms to the extent possible according
7.1 This by-law comes into force on