New idling bylaw now in effect

For Immediate Release - June 2, 2009

BURLINGTON, ON –The city’s new idling control bylaw to target unnecessary idling is now in effect, replacing the original one adopted in 2004.

The key changes in the new bylaw #27-2009 are:

  • A reduction in the permitted idling time for unnecessary idling to one minute (60 seconds) from three minutes;
  • The removal of the exemption that allowed idling in extreme temperature conditions; and
  • The changing emphasis from education to enforcement.

Under the new Idling Control Bylaw, idling is defined as a parking offence, and parking enforcement staff can issue a parking ticket. The $150 set fine was recently approved by the province. As a result, there are several exemptions in the bylaw including:

  • Emergency vehicles while engaged in operational activities;
  • A vehicle that is stopped for an emergency, traffic conditions (such as traffic signals) or mechanical trouble;
  • Vehicles in a drive-through lane;
  • Vehicles that must idle to run equipment; and
  • Transit vehicles while at a layover (currently limited to three minutes).

To view the new Idling Control Bylaw 27-2009, please visit


Communications Contact:
Sean O'Brady
Communications Advisor
Tel. 905-335-7600, ext. 7531
Fax. 905-632-9082

Media Contact:
Lynn Robichaud
Senior Coorindator Environmental Services
Tel. 905-335-7600, ext. 7931
Fax. 905-335-7820

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