A feasibility study will soon be conducted by Toronto Board of Health after a recommendation by Dr. David McKeown, the city's medical officer, to impose a bylaw limiting the amount of time a vehicle can be left idling to 10 seconds.
Harmful emissions from idling vehicles contribute to the deaths, he says.Indeed it is. Currently the fines for idling more than 3 minutes are $125. What a fine idea for raising more revenue for the city. Save lives, encourage people to save money, and collect more money to pay for more studies and enforcement officers. The Board of Health is not content to stop at Toronto boundaries. They want to save the planet too:
The Board of Health is also asking the provincial and federal governments to look into making it mandatory to put devices in vehicles that would automatically shut off the engines if idled too long.The article makes no mention of how long is too long, but I suspect the Board of Health conveniently forgot that global warming has not yet impacted Canadian winters.
My footprint is not particularly heavy. In fact, my energy consumption if quite modest and I don't typically drive too far, and waste and consume relatively little, but discussions of bans on plastic bags, drive-throughs, incandescent light bulbs and anti-idling devices tempt me to turn on every light in my house, use more drive-throughs, drive instead of walk, and take more plastic bags than I need to carry my purchases home, in no particular order.
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Thursday, July 3, 2008
Posted by Lisa Turner on Thursday, July 03, 2008