Idling of vehicles seems harmless. In reality however, excessive idling wastes fuel and money, and generates needless greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
In Brampton, the average car idles for eight minutes per day. Over a year that costs $114 in gas (at current prices) and releases 202 kg of C02 into the atmosphere.
Unnecessary idling contributes to poor air quality, affects public health and results in faster wear and tear of vehicles. According to Natural Resources Canada, 10 seconds of idling uses more fuel than it takes to restart an engine.
Help make a difference for your car and your community: if you are stopped for more than three minutes, except while in traffic, turn off your engine.
Brampton’s Idling Control By-law
Brampton’s residents, businesses and community groups have a role to play in helping protect and enhance the City’s land, air, water and energy resources. In April 2011, Brampton City Council passed the Idling Control By-law (133-2011). The By-law states that vehicles may not idle for more than three minutes continuously, anywhere in the City of Brampton, including but not limited to:
Exceptions to Idling By-law
How can residents help?
One of the easiest actions that individuals can take – with a simple turn of a key – is to turn their engines off and avoid unnecessary idling.
The next time you do any of these, take action and don’t idle:
- waiting for passengers
- stopped at railway crossings; waiting for lengthy trains to pass
- waiting in Kiss & Ride lanes; otherwise referred to as Fire Routes, at schools
- waiting to park
- running quick errands
- waiting to refuel or to have the car washed
- stopping to talk to an acquaintance or friend
- preparing to leave the house
- sitting in a drive through lane
It does wonders for your car and your community!
To report a violation for a vehicle idling too long, call 311.