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Sep 04, 2019 Return to Headlines

Coquitlam Cracks Down on Excessive Vehicle Idling

by Sarah Rossi |

COQUITLAM, B.C., Sept. ​4, 2019 You’ll soon be able to breathe easier in Coquitlam as the City plans to ban excessive vehicle idling.

Coquitlam City Council gave three readings Tuesday night to add anti-idling regulations to its Street and Traffic Bylaw. Fourth and final reading will take place after the provincial Ministry of Environment and Climate Change has approved the updated bylaw.

Three-Minute Idling Cap

Once approved, the bylaw will prohibit vehicle idling for more than three consecutive minutes – with exceptions for emergencies, following traffic controls or directions from a peace officer, passenger loading and unloading, and other similar situations.

The changes will mean drivers waiting for a train or passengers in Coquitlam must turn off their vehicles after three minutes of idling or face a $150 fine.

The City will be rolling out a comprehensive education campaign this fall to inform the public about the new regulations and the benefits of reducing vehicle idling.

Signs will also be installed near idling hotspots such as school zones, SkyTrain stations and recreation facility parking lots.

Climate Action in Coquitlam

This isn’t the first time Coquitlam has targeted vehicle idling as a way to reduce sources of greenhouse gases. The City introduced a two-minute idling cap for City vehicles (with some exceptions) in 2010, and installed anti-idling signs at rail crossings at Westwood Street, Pitt River Road and Kingsway Avenue in 2011.

The initiatives are part of the City’s ongoing climate change efforts that have included signing the provincial Climate Action Charter in 2007 and setting targets to reduce both City and community-wide GHG levels.

Coquitlam was recognized as a provincial Climate Leader in 2017 by the joint Provincial-Union of British Columbia Municipalities Green Communities Committee.

Tips for residents and businesses, and information about Coquitlam’s climate change work, are posted at www.coquitlam.ca/climateaction.

Media contact:

Jozsef Dioszeghy
General Manager, Engineering and Public Works
City of Coquitlam