Anti-Idling By-Law by Town of Inuvik (Vehicle Idling Over 30 Minutes= $100 Fine)


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Baby & Mother exposed to idling vehicle's harmful exhaust fumes - picture by Greenpeace

In February 2008 the Mayor of the Town of Inuvik, Northwest Territories , Derek Lindsay, proposed to Town Council and passed an anti-idling by-law (BY-LAW #2441/PS/08) , which would fine driver’s of vehicles, who left their vehicles’ idling for more than 30 minutes, one hundred dollars ($100).

This northern town, experiences temperatures’ of chilling record lows, as cold as – 56.7 °C (- 70.1 °F). As a result, residents are known to leave their vehicles running (example – for an hour at a time) to warm them up or to keep them warm.

Many residents are not embracing this legislative change in their lives.

Here are some the temperatures that Environment Canada has provided to the Town of Inuvik for Canadian Climate Normals 1971-2000:

Record low °C (°F)Jan.-54.4
(-65.9 F)
(-70.1 F)
(-59.1 F)
(-51 F)
(-18 F)
(21 F)
(21 F)
(-4.2 F)
(-31 F)
(-51 F)
(-58 F)

Since the by-law was passed on March 12, 2008, none of the over 3,700 residents of the town of Inuvik have received tickets for contravening the anti-idling by-law, although warnings have been issued.

Almost a year after Inuvik passed a bylaw to fine people who idle their cars and trucks downtown, the town’s mayor says some residents are still leaving their vehicles running anyway.

Some residents in the Arctic community of 3,700 are ignoring the bylaw, Lindsay said, leading to complaints from people who work in offices along Mackenzie Road, the town’s main street.

“They’re having to breathe in the exhausts from those vehicles,” he told CBC News. “Those fumes end up going inside the building.”

The bylaw has been proven difficult to enforce, especially since Inuvik has been without a bylaw officer since the summer. Lindsay said the town is currently reviewing résumés for the position.



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