Vancouver’s idling bylaw education and enforcement campaign begins

An education campaign focused on showing how reducing idling makes good environmental and financial sense will be accompanied this fall with enforcement of Vancouver’s idling bylaw.

The educational campaign focuses on dispelling common myths around idling, such as:

Myth: Allowing your engine to cool down will cause more emissions and use more gas than just letting it run.

FACT: Recent AirCare tests confirmed that idling your engine uses more fuel and causes more emissions than turning it off and restarting it.

Myth: Frequent engine restarts will harm your engine starter.

FACT: Component wear caused by restarting the engine, estimated at $10 per year, will be

recovered many times over in fuel savings from reduced idling.
Vancouver City Council enacted the idle free bylaw on July 18, 2006. For more information about the initiative, visit