Victoria, BC- Members of the CRD Board today adopted a Bylaw to reduce unnecessary idling within the Capital Region. The Bylaw will limit vehicle idling to a maximum of three consecutive minutes, with some exceptions. The bylaw was approved by the Province in February 2009.
“Limiting unnecessary idling will aid our environment, our health and save non-renewable resources,” said CRD Board Chair Geoff Young. “I am pleased to see the adoption of this bylaw in the CRD; it is an important step in our fight against climate change and pollution in the region.”
The Bylaw will be managed collaboratively between the CRD and the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA). VIHA will be responsible for receiving complaints from the public and, in collaboration with the CRD, for public education and outreach. The Bylaw will come into effect with a focus on public awareness and education, particularly during the first year. The awareness campaign will be part of a broader energy efficiency for personal vehicles program, thus encouraging more environmentally sustainable driving habits. Youth education will also take place with assistance from the BC Youth Climate Leadership Alliance, to raise awareness of “idle free” school zones.
A region-wide Bylaw restricting vehicle idling was initially recommended by the CRD’s Roundtable on the Environment and Dr. Richard Stanwick, Chief Medical Health Officer, VIHA. The bylaw provides for protection of public health and addresses health concerns due to visible sources of pollution. The Bylaw ensures consistency in idling provisions across the Capital Region and is designed to co-exist with the cities of Victoria and Langford existing bylaws.
Further information on the CRD’s Idling Control Bylaw can be found on the CRD’s website.
For further information please contact:
Sheila Taylor, Manager, Community Relations
CRD Corporate Communications