Update: see previous posts – March 29, 2011 Greyhound Buses Violate Idling Law of Toronto, June 11, 2010 Idling Laws – Toronto, May 2, 2010 Idling By-Law – 60 Seconds per Hour, April 26, 2010 Idling Law to be Reduced to 60 Seconds per Hour, November 17, 2009 Idling Laws to become more Restrictive, November 20, 2009 Drive-Thru’s to Fall Next in Anti-Idling War, January 27, 2009 Anti-Idling By-Law by Town of Inuvik (Vehicle Idling Over 30 Minutes= $100 Fine)
The City of Toronto took a step toward improving the quality of air that we breathe, by reducing the idling of vehicles from three (3) minutes to one (1) minute on July 8, 2010. Now, engines are prohibited from idling for more than one minute in a 60-minute period within Toronto.
Prior to the one (1) minute restriction on idling, TTC vehicles were exempted from the idling by-law. When the City of Toronto passed the one (1) minute, reducing idling of engines by two (2) minutes, the exemption that applied to TTC vehicles was removed.
Not everyone is familiar with the updating in the by-laws. In fact, in many areas of the City of Toronto, the three (3) minute idling law sign has not been updated and replaced with the one (1) minute by-law.
Buses, at most of the TTC stations, are regularily observed idling for several minutes, that well exceed the one (1) minute and/or the old three (3) minute bylaw.
Buses can be seen on a regular basis being parked, while running. The bus continues to idle from anywhere between several minutes to half an hour.
Toronto’s Idling By-laws
IDLING OF VEHICLES AND BOATS
§ 517-1. Definitions.
§ 517-2. Restrictions on idling;
§ 517-3. Offences.
Traffic and parking — See Ch. 950.
§ 517-1. Definitions.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
BOAT — A ship or any other description of vessel not propelled by oars and includes a boat used exclusively for towing purposes, a water taxi and a boat used on water for living purposes.
IDLE — The operation of the engine of a boat or vehicle while the vehicle or boat is not in motion and not being used to operate auxiliary equipment that is essential to the basic function of the vehicle or boat, and “idling” has a corresponding meaning.
A. A vehicle containing equipment that must be operated inside or in association with the vehicle; or
B. A vehicle serving as a facility for taking measurements or making observations operated by or on behalf of a municipality, public utility or police, fire or ambulance service.
OFFICIAL — A police officer, police cadet, municipal law enforcement officer or any person authorized to enforce this chapter.2
TORONTO MUNICIPAL CODE
§ 517-2 IDLING OF VEHICLES AND BOATS
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TRANSIT VEHICLE — Public transit vehicles, tour buses and motor coaches.
VEHICLE — A motor vehicle, trailer, traction engine, farm tractor or road-building machine as defined in the Highway Traffic Act3 and any vehicle drawn, propelled or driven by any kind of non-muscular power, but does not include cars of electric or diesel electric railways running only upon rails.
§ 517-2. Restrictions on idling; exceptions.
[Amended 1999-5-12 by By-law No. 238-1999; 2010-07-08 by By-law No. 775-20104]
A. No person shall cause or permit a vehicle or boat to idle for more than one minute in a sixty-minute period.
B. Subsection A does not apply to:
(1) Police, fire or ambulance vehicles or police or fire boats engaged in operational activities or training activities, but not where idling is substantially for the convenience of one or more of the operator of or a passenger in the vehicle or boat;
(2) Vehicles or boats assisting in an emergency activity;
(3) Ferry boats operated by the City of Toronto or the Toronto Harbour Commissioners providing service to the Toronto Islands, including the Toronto Island Airport;
(4) Boats, unless the boat is at anchor or tied to a dock;
(5) Mobile workshops while they are in the course of being used for their basic function;
(6) Vehicles or boats where idling is required to repair the vehicle or boat or to prepare a vehicle or boat for service;
(7) Armoured vehicles where a person remains inside the vehicle while guarding the contents of the vehicle or while the vehicle is being loaded or unloaded;
(8) Vehicles or boats required to remain motionless because of an emergency, traffic, weather conditions or mechanical difficulties over which the operator of the vehicle or boat has no control;
(9) Vehicles or boats engaged in a parade, a race or any other event authorized by Council;
IDLING OF VEHICLES AND BOATS § 517-3
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(10) Transit vehicles while passengers are embarking or disembarking;
(11) A vehicle or a boat transporting a person where a medical doctor certifies in writing that for medical reasons the person in the vehicle or the boat requires that temperature or humidity be maintained with a certain range.
§ 517-3. Offences.
[Amended 1999-11-25 by By-law No. 746-1999]
Every person who contravenes any provision of this chapter is guilty of an offence and on conviction is liable to a fine as provided for in the Provincial Offences Act.