When cars, trucks and buses are left running while parked, they produce pollution that contributes to problems like climate change and smog. This affects the health of all Canadians. Idling engines produces twice as much exhaust emissions as engines in motion because they are generally not operating at its peak temperature. Idling for more than 10 seconds wastes money and causes damage to the environment.
We've all experienced the harmful effects of idling, whether we're walking past a row of trucks or buses on a busy city street, holding our breath trying to avoid inhaling the toxic exhaust fumes, or right in our own neighbourhood, where remote car starters turn on vehicles while the owners are still at the breakfast table.
Unnecessary idling costs Canadians millions of dollars every year and it's a major contributor to climate change.