Calgary drafting anti-idling bylaw

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CALGARY, Alta. — The city is drafting a new bylaw that would impose heavy fines on drivers who idle their cars too long or drive vehicles that are burning oil and spewing smoke.

The draft bylaw was ordered by the city’s environment committee. Details of the bylaw, including a definition of illegal idling, are still not worked out, but it’s aimed at “gross polluters”, city officials told local media.

Motor vehicle emissions are provincial jurisdiction. But the Calgary alderman who put forth the proposal said the city can take a stand when it comes to looking out for the health of Calgarians.

A 1997 study by the city found that 8 per cent of Calgary’s vehicles are considered “gross polluters” that produce more than half of emissions polluting the city skyline.

Calgary’s draft anti-idling bylaw is expected to be ready by next June.

According the federal Department of Natural Resources, Canadians idle their vehicles an average of five to 10 minutes a day during winter – a total of 75 million minutes daily.

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