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City of Mississauga and Local Schools to Educate Drivers About the Impacts of Vehicle Idling

Apr 07, 2010

During the week of April 12 to 16, City of Mississauga staff will conduct an education blitz in cooperation with local schools to raise awareness about the environmental, health and financial impacts of unnecessary idling.

"The time of year is coming when we're at the greatest risk for smog," said Ward 11 Councillor George Carlson, Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) Chair. "Vehicle emissions are a significant contributor to smog. Our message to drivers is simple: 'Spare our air. Turn your key, be idle-free.' In other words, when you're parked for any length of time, please shut your vehicle off. It reduces pollution, saves gas and money."

"The education blitz is part of the City's ongoing awareness campaign to educate drivers by targeting areas where unnecessary idling has been reported or is known to be a concern," said Brenda Osborne, manager of Environment for the City.

Municipal Law Enforcement officers and staff will remind drivers the Idling Control By-law is in place, provide information about ways to reduce vehicle emissions and remind commuters that they can save gas and wear and tear on their vehicles if they stop idling when parked.

Mississauga's Idling Control By-law number 194-2009 carries a fine of $150 for causing, allowing or permitting a vehicle to idle continuously for more than three minutes. Under the Ontario Municipal Act, 2001, the City of Mississauga is authorized to pass by-laws for public health, safety and well-being.

What:
Throughout the week, Mississauga Municipal Law enforcement officers and staff will be distributing information to drivers at local schools and community centres.

When:
Monday, April 12, 2010 to Friday, April 16, 2010

Where:

Erindale Secondary School
Lancaster Junior Public School
Mississauga Secondary School
Thomas Street Middle School
Tomken Road Middle School
University of Toronto Mississauga

Cawthra Community Centre
Clarkson Community Centre
Frank McKechnie Community Centre


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, Mississauga is one of Greater Toronto's Top 90 Employers for 2010. Enhancing its citizens' quality of life by providing superior services, revitalizing its infrastructure and conserving the environment, Mississauga is committed to innovation, operational excellence and fiscal responsibility which is reflected in its motto: "Leading Today for Tomorrow."

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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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