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Idling cars are the bylaw officer's playground

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Idling cars are the bylaw officer's playground

Anti-idling bylaw I was listening to the CBC this morning, while in my usual sleepy haze, when I heard the announcer say something about our anti-idling bylaw. You see, I can't stand an idler, and whenever I see a parked vehicle with its engine running I want to knock on the window and give the driver a piece of my mind. So, I turned up my radio to hear some more about it. The announcer informed listeners that the Toronto Board of Health has passed a proposal to change the length of time that vehicles are allowed to idle. They hope to limit the acceptable idling time from three minutes to 10 seconds. Dr. David McKeown, Toronto's medical officer of health, will start a feasibility test now that he has received support from board members. Under Toronto's current bylaw, vehicles that idle for over 3 minutes will receive a whopping $125 ticket. The Toronto Board of Health estimates that air pollution kills 1,700 Toronto residents a year, and, McKeown says, emissions from idling vehicles contribute to this number. Some citizens are against this bylaw, arguing that turning on and off your car frequently will affect its battery, while others argue doing so has no affect on it at all. What do you think? Are you guilty of idling? Do you think our three minute bylaw should be changed to 10 seconds? Some of you may live in municipalities that don't have an anti-idling bylaw. Do you think your municipal government should introduce one? Read more: Make your grocery shopping greener Eco-friendly lawn and garden ideas Natural household cleaning products
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