EAC Welcomes Provincial Anti-idling By-law: Implementation and Scope will be Key
November 27, 2010
The Ecology Action Centre applauds the Nova Scotia government for introducing the first provincial idling restriction legislation in Canada. Jen Powley, Transportation Coordinator at the Ecology Action Centre, is keen to ensure that the legislation results in significant greenhouse gas reductions. Sterling Belliveau, Minister of the Environment, delivered an announcement on Friday that the Province will put in place an idling restriction by-law.
“This initiative is a huge step. We will like to work with the Province on making the legislation both robust and enforceable,” Powley says. “The key will be getting a strong Act”.
The EAC would like to see the new legislation apply to every vehicle in Nova Scotia. As announced, the Bill only calls for idling restriction policies for school buses, tour bus companies and transit authorities.
“We see a great opportunity to extend this legislation,” Powley says. “ Children’s lungs do not distinguish between emissions from a school bus, a municipal pick-up truck or a private car.”
She points out that although school buses will have to turn off their engines, parents picking up their children in front of elementary schools will still be allowed to idle.
The legislation calls for idling restriction policies to be adopted by October 2011.
“Why not sooner?” Powley asks. “Many companies are already exploring anti-idling policies because they save fuel - and this saves both money and the environment.”
Jurisdictions across Canada have adopted idling restriction legislation at the Municipal level. Some, such as Jasper, Alberta, do not allow for any idling at all within the community.
Extensive research into the benefits and drawbacks of specific time limits for idling, as well as exceptions to the idling by-law and extenuating circumstances, have been completed by the Ecology Action Centre.
Please contact Jen Powley at 802- 1270 for more information.