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Idling Control By-law

Idling and Air Quality

The City of Toronto is taking another step toward improving the quality of air that we breathe.

Toronto City Council at its meeting on July 8, 2010, made changes to the City’s Idling Control By-Law. Previously, vehicle operators were allowed to idle their engines for up to three minutes. Now, engines are prohibited from idling for more than one minute in a 60-minute period.

Vehicle emissions are a contributing factor in climate change. By reducing unnecessary idling to just one minute, we are helping to improve the quality of the air in Toronto. It’s one simple way that we can all help to keep our air clean.

The City also encourages residents to consider alternative methods of transportation such as walking, cycling and public transit to help improve air quality.

If you wish you may read the idling control by-law: Chapter 517 of the Municipal Code AND by-law 775-2010.


For further information about issuing a complaint, by-law compliance or by-law enforcement, you may contact:

Permit Parking
City Hall
100 Queen St W
Main Floor, West Tower
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2

Phone: 416-392-7873
Fax: 416-392-1911

For more information about the changes to the idling by-law and about being idle free in Toronto, Click Here.

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