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The idling of vehicles in Port Moody contributes to climate change and negatively impacts our local air quality. According to Natural Resources Canada, a typical vehicle produces approximately three times its weight in carbon dioxide each year.

In 2010, the City of Port Moody passed an anti-idling bylaw that limits the amount of time drivers may allow their vehicle engines to idle while stationary. The protection of air quality and reduction of transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions move is part of an larger long term goal of a greener, more sustainable community.

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Bylaw details

The prohibits a motor vehicle stopped on a city street from operating its engine for more than three (3) minutes during a 60-minute period. This bylaw was prepared based on the model bylaw adopted by the GVRD Board in 2004.

There is a penalty for motor vehicle operators who violate the vehicle idling component of the Anti-Idling Bylaw with a basic penalty of $50.


There are various exemptions to this bylaw, which consider special cases where vehicle idling would be acceptable or unavoidable for safety or other practical reasons. The following vehicles are exempt from the idling bylaw:

  • a mobile workshop while such a vehicle is being used as a mobile workshop; 
  • Police, fire or ambulance vehicles while engaged in operational activities, including training activities, except where idling is substantially for the convenience of the operator of the vehicle;
  • vehicles assisting in an emergency activity;
  • vehicles for which idling is required as part of a repair or regular pre-check maintenance process;
  • armoured vehicles in which a person remains inside the vehicle while guarding the contents of the vehicle or while the vehicle is being loaded or unloaded;
  • vehicles required to remain motionless because of an emergency, traffic, or mechanical difficulties over which the driver has no control;
  • vehicles engaged in a parade or race or any other event authorized by Council; 
  • vehicles idling while passengers are embarking or disembarking;
  • vehicles required to use heating or refrigeration systems powered by the motor or engine for the preservation of perishable cargo.
Last updated: 05/01/2015 12:37:03 PM