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City conducts Clean Air Day anti-idling blitz

June 5, 2013 -

Starting today – Clean Air Day – and for the rest of this week, Kingston by-law officers will be on the lookout for idling vehicles.

The City has committed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 10 per cent (of year 2000 levels) by 2014 and following approval by Council last night, is now building a Community Climate Action Plan - a set of strategies to guide community efforts for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

A number of Bylaw Enforcement Officers will be conducting bicycle patrols, while others are assigned to specific areas in the City to enforce the Idling Bylaw, No. 2008-95. Any driver of a motorized vehicle or boat, caught idling in Kingston for more than three minutes — or five minutes when the temperature is below 5 degrees Celsius — may be subject to a fine.

"City Council passed this ban on idling in 2008 and we want to make sure that we take an opportunity like Clean Air Day to educate the public on the bylaw," says Kim Leonard, Manager, Licensing and Enforcement.

Emergency vehicles as well as electric and hybrid vehicles are exempt from the bylaw.

For more information on the bylaw visit the City's website at http://www.cityofkingston.ca/city-hall/bylaws/vehicle-idling

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, Communications Officer 613-546-4291, extension 3116. Or call the City of Kingston's media hotline at 613-546-4291, ext 2300.