Vancouver Bans Idling

By Ryan McGreal
Published April 12, 2007

RTH reader Brandon sent me a note to let me know that Vancouver has joined the list of cities that ban idling.

After a gracious six-month awareness campaign, drivers idling for more than three minutes can now expect a $50 to $100 fine, and thanks to an idle-free hotline 604-257-2404, idling is risky business.

The bylaw is part of an aggressive City of Vancouver plan put in place in 2003 to reduce community-wide greenhouse gas emissions by six per cent by 2012.

While other cities enact their aggressive plans to clean the air and improve quality of life, Hamilton continues to fall farther behind, hobbled by retrograde thinking at city hall.

Ryan McGreal, the editor of Raise the Hammer, lives in Hamilton with his family and works as a programmer, writer and consultant. Ryan volunteers with Hamilton Light Rail, a citizen group dedicated to bringing light rail transit to Hamilton. Ryan wrote a city affairs column in Hamilton Magazine, and several of his articles have been published in the Hamilton Spectator. His articles have also been published in The Walrus, HuffPost and Behind the Numbers. He maintains a personal website, has been known to share passing thoughts on Twitter and Facebook, and posts the occasional cat photo on Instagram.

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By seancb (registered) - website | Posted April 13, 2007 at 12:48:10

If we had a similar setup, we'd be on the phone all day to the hotline. I see people idling all the time, often with the car unattended. I'm tempted in these cases to get in and move the car a block away so that the driver has a nice long walk to think about what they've done!

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