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"Spare our air. Turn your key, be idle-free," City of Mississauga reminds residents

Oct 19, 2009

Today, the City of Mississauga begins enforcing its Idling Control By-law starting with a week long education blitz reminding residents not to leave their vehicles idling.

"As the weather gets colder, it's tempting to idle vehicles to keep the heater running or to use a remote starter to warm them up," said Ward 11 Councillor George Carlson, Chair of Mississauga's Environmental Advisory Committee. "Unfortunately, the colder weather doesn't make vehicle emissions any less harmful than in summer months and idling to warm an engine is unnecessary due to modern fuel injection. We're asking our residents to be mindful of these harmful effects and to not idle their cars unnecessarily."

Carlson added, "Idling vehicles release harmful greenhouse gases and air contaminants including carbon dioxide and volatile organic compounds into the air we breathe." 

From October 19 to 23, Mississauga Municipal Law Enforcement officers and staff will be on site distributing information at selected Mississauga locations including: Cawthra Community Centre; Dolphin Senior Public School; Glenhaven Senior Public School; Levi Creek Public School; Ridgewood Public School; and University of Toronto at Mississauga, to educate drivers and remind them that the City's Idling Control By-law is in effect.  On October 20 and 24 the City and the Community Environment Alliance will host EcoDriver Workshops, open to the public, which explore smart driving techniques to increase fuel economy. Detailed information is available on the Citys Living Green website, www.mississauga.ca/environment.

Mississauga's first Idling Control By-law was enacted by City Council on June 24, 2009.  The set fine for Municipal By-law no. 194-2009 for causing, allowing or permitting a vehicle to idle continuously for more than three minutes is $150. Under the Ontario Municipal Act, 2001, the City of Mississauga is authorized to pass bylaws for the health, safety and well-being of persons.

About Mississauga:
As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 730,000 residents and 55,000 businesses, including 61 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices. A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the shores of Lake Ontario in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), Mississauga prides itself on enhancing its citizens' quality of life by providing superior services, revitalizing its infrastructure and conserving the environment. Mississauga's commitment to innovation, operational excellence and fiscal responsibility reflects the City's motto: "Leading Today for Tomorrow."






Media Contact:
Catherine Monast
Senior Communications Advisor, Transportation & Works
Phone: 905-615-3200 x5046
TTY:    905-896-5151
Email:   catherine.monast@mississauga.ca


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