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Air

You hold the key to clean air

Often idling cannot be helped, for example, if you are warming up your vehicle to help clear your windshield or dropping off the kids at the rink.

Just as often, there are situations when idling is not necessary. People are often seen running their vehicles while waiting to pick up a child at school or while running into a store.   Unnecessary idling gets you nowhere; instead‚ it wastes money and fuel, and produces greenhouse gases that lead to climate change.

As part of our Sustainable Community strategy, Okotoks has recently introduced a new idle-free bylaw.

Okotoks' Idle-Free Bylaw
Read Bylaw 18-15

The newly-approved idle-free bylaw puts measures in place we can all follow to benefit our community. The intent of this bylaw is to limit excessive idling. It’s important to know the bylaw has rules in place that change along with the temperature outside. Exceptions have been written into Bylaw 18-15 to take extenuating circumstances into effect.

Idle-Free Bylaw Highlights

  • No driver shall cause or permit an occupied vehicle to idle for more than three (3) consecutive minutes within a continuous thirty (30) minute period when the outdoor ambient air temperature is between 5oC and 25oC.
  • No persons shall cause or permit an unoccupied vehicle to idle for more than three (3) consecutive minutes within a continuous thirty (30) minute period when the outdoor ambient air temperature is above 0oC.
  • No persons shall cause or permit an unoccupied vehicle to idle for more than ten (10) consecutive minutes within a continuous thirty (30) minute period when the outdoor ambient air temperature is below 0oC.