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Clean Transportation

Did You Know?

If everyone in Canada idled their cars for five fewer minutes per day, we would reduce our fuel consumption by 680 million litres a year – and keep 3,060 tonnes of smog out of the air we breathe.

Putting the Brakes on Idling

Idling engines are a major contributor to air pollution, especially in our cities. One way to reduce idling is to keep traffic flowing freely. That's why investments in transportation infrastructure are so important.

If you're not stuck in traffic, there's no need for idling. Contrary to popular belief, it's not an effective way to warm up a vehicle – today's engines are designed to let you drive away after only 30 seconds in most weather conditions. Besides, idling for just 10 seconds burns more fuel than shutting down and re-starting your engine. This is why the government has developed the following initiative:

Action #4: Build a province-wide anti-idling movement. A growing number of communities, businesses and schools across B.C. have introduced their own antiidling campaigns. The Ministry of Environment is a founding partner in Idle-Free B.C., an organization that raises awareness about the health, environmental and economic consequences of idling, while providing the support necessary to help minimize these impacts. The more British Columbians participate in anti-idling initiatives, the greater the benefits of the program. The target is to reduce idling by at least 50 per cent by 2010.

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