If idling gets you nowhere, why do so many people idle their vehicles unnecessarily instead of turning their engines off?
Myths: Idling is the best way to warm up a vehicle. Turning a vehicle on and off produces more emissions than letting a vehicle idle.
Reality: The best way to warm up a vehicle is to drive it and idling for “over 10 seconds uses more fuel and produces more carbon dioxide compared to restarting your engine.”
Myth: It’s cold outside. I need to idle.
Reality: While idling might be necessary occasionally, it is encouraged that one also manually clears the snow and ice from their vehicle. This will help lower emissions, save you money and also reduce the possibility of becoming a victim of a car theft.
Did you know?
- Halton Regional Police have issued reminders on several occasions in the colder months stating that “the primary cause of vehicle thefts this time of year is vehicles left idling and unattended.”
- Since 2009, there have been 82 tickets and 69 warnings issued by the city’s parking enforcement officers.
- Vehicles that are left unattended and idling for over one minute in Burlington, including those on driveways, can be ticketed $100.
- Vehicles in Burlington account for 40 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions in our community. Turning your engines off helps to reduce emissions.
To learn more about the Parking and Idling By-law, please visit www.burlington.ca/environment.
Take Action Burlington! Turn your engines off. Collectively, we can make a difference.