An Exhaustingly Bad Habit – Solving the Problem

Solving the Problem
Municipalities, non-profit organizations and individual activists
have all become interested in cutting back on vehicle engine
idling. Groups like the Oak Bay Green Committee in
Victoria, B.C., have spearheaded community No Engine Idling
Campaigns. This campaign and many others like it are designed
to help people remember that improving air quality can be as
simple as switching off your engine while your vehicle is
stopped. So next time you find yourself in a traffic jam, take a
deep breath and switch off that key. Our health and that of the
Earth is at stake. – NL –
What Can I Do?
If you’re stuck in a traffic jam, waiting for a lift bridge or a
train, or sitting more than three cars back at a stoplight –
where you could be stopped for more than 10 seconds –
turn your engine off.
Don’t press the gas pedal while re-starting your car, or
you could negate the benefit of turning off the engine.
Find out if your municipality has a no-idling bylaw and
how it’s enforced. If it doesn’t yet have one in place,
lobby for one.
Use educational tools like no-idling signs, bumper stickers
and leaflets. (See below for some of these tools and
Ask your local school board and school bus company
about its vehicle idling policy.
Wherever possible, walk, bike or take public transit.
Learn More
No Engine Idling Campaign in Victoria, BC sells Idle
Free Zone aluminum signs:
Natural Resources Canada has developed a web-based
tool kit to assist municipalities and community groups
across Canada with taking action to curb unnecessary
vehicle idling at the local level. Visit their website at:
In the US, the EPA has a Clean School Bus USA
National Idle-Reduction Campaign for school authorities,
school bus drivers, parents and teachers. Visit:
Airwatch Northwest has a website full of anti-idling resources,
including downloadable fact sheets, posters
and other educational materials at:


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