Is the city’s anti-idling bylaw working?
A Kamloops city councillor said that, despite a bylaw in place prohibiting people from idling their vehicles, she continues to see contravention.
“I’m still seeing people idling their vehicles, in extremely warm weather, I might add,” Coun. Kathy Sinclair said.
The city’s anti-idling bylaw prohibits idling of vehicles for more than three consecutive minutes. It does not apply to vehicles idling because of an emergency, traffic conditions or mechanical difficulties. Offences related to idling are subject to a $100 fine.
At the time of the bylaw’s implementation in recent years, it was criticized for lacking teeth. The city said it was intended to be more of an educational initiative, rather than one that would be enforced by bylaws.
Sinclair said change needs to occur with “positive peer pressure,” similar to the way people encourage others to wear a seatbelt or not smoke indoors. She hopes Kamloops residents will gently remind others not to idle their vehicles.
“Let’s stop idling our vehicles and consider our neighbours, our air quality and our GHG emissions,” she said.