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Be Idle-Free!

In Richmond Hill, vehicle engine idling is limited to no more than 5 minutes. You can help improve air quality, use energy more wisely and save money by turning off your engine when your vehicle is parked. Whether driving a company vehicle or your own car, please do your part to put a halt to needless idling. All it takes is the turn of a key.

Did you know that idling while parked produces twice as many exhaust fumes as when a car is in motion? Vehicle idling wastes fuel and money. It is also a significant contributor to smog and poor air quality, which in turn affect our health. How big is the problem? Natural Resources Canada estimates that if every Canadian motorist avoided idling for just 5 minutes each day of the year, we could prevent more than 1,000,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere.

Here are some simple tips for cutting needless idling:
  1. In most conditions and most vehicles, reduce warm-up and cool down idling to no more than 30 seconds.
  2. Turn the engine off if you’re stopped for more than 60 seconds, except in traffic.
  3. Minimize use of remote car starters.
  4. Use a block heater to warm your engine before you start it in temperatures below 0° C.
  5. Spread the word to your family and friends.

Richmond Hill's Anti-Idling By-law
The Town's anti-idling by-law prohibits the operation of an engine or motor in or on, any motor vehicle or item of attached auxiliary equipment for a continuous period exceeding five (5) minutes, while such vehicle is stationary in a residential area or a quiet zone unless certain provisions apply. More information about the Town's by-laws can be found here.

For more information on the GTA Idle-Free Campaign, visit

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