Capital Regional District Invites Public Input on Idling Control Bylaw

May 14, 2008

Victoria, BC- Members of the CRD Board have approved a public hearing schedule on the proposed Idling Control Bylaw. In the interest of public health and environmental protection, the Idling Control Bylaw proposes to prohibit vehicles idling for more than three minutes. Both the municipalities of Victoria and Langford have established idling reduction bylaws.

The proposed bylaw was initiated by the CRD’s Roundtable on the Environment and Dr. Richard Stanwick, Chief Medical Health Officer, Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA).  Dr. Stanwick has stated that in the interests of economy and consistency, the CRD institute as a health measure, a regional bylaw to restrict vehicle idling in the Capital Regional District.

CRD Board Chair Denise Blackwell commented on the proposed bylaw, “The effects of vehicle emissions are well documented and this bylaw would help to alleviate some of the negative environmental and health concerns. I am glad that the CRD has drafted a regional Idling Control Bylaw because it will improve the air we breathe, making the region more liveable. An added benefit is that residents will save money, as it is reported that more than ten seconds of idling uses more fuel than restarting the engine.”

The CRD encourages interested citizens to attend a series of public hearings tentatively scheduled for the second week in June. A finalized schedule will be published on the CRD's website.

Additional Information:
Idling Control Backgrounder
Report to Introduce and Idling Bylaw
Draft Idling Bylaw

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For further information please contact:
Sheila Taylor
Manager, Community Relations
250.360.3308