Kitchener Joins Cambridge and Waterloo with A No-Idling Bylaw

Feb 26, 2021
Categories: Driving · Travel
Staebler blog logo
Staebler Blog Featured Image

The City of Kitchener announced this week their new anti-idling bylaw, which moves Kitchener more in line with similar bylaws in the neighbouring cities of Cambridge and Waterloo.

The new rule targets drivers who keep their engines running for more than three minutes while not in active traffic. It is a tactic to help with Kitchener’s goal of an 80% reduction in greenhouse emissions by 2050.

Officials say school zones are particularly bad for idling.  With the new bylaw, the City is urging drivers to “do the right thing” and turn off their vehicles as they wait for their children after school.

A fine of $75 could be handed to drivers caught idling. There are a number of exceptions to the bylaw, which include: emergency vehicles, tow trucks, GRT busses, and other essential services.

Meanwhile, in Waterloo the same bylaw has been on the books since 2009 and it has resulted in very few tickets to date. They say the goal is to educate, not enforce, and the hope is that over time people will change their behaviour.

In Cambridge, fines are $40 for idling more than one minute, but bylaw officers haven’t written a ticket there since 2016. It sounds like folks are getting the message by turning the key when not actively driving.

While it’s true the bylaw isn’t a money-maker for the cities, it’s an awareness tool that will hopefully help change bad habits for future generations to come.

. . .

Staebler Insurance is a general insurance broker specializing in auto insurance, home insurance, small business and commercial insurance. Staebler brokers proudly serve Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, Stratford, Wellington County, Listowel, Fergus, Elora, and southern Ontario.


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related Posts

Most Frequently Stolen Vehicles in Canada

Most Frequently Stolen Vehicles in Canada

A recent study revealed more than 40% of drivers didn’t know that their vehicle is one of the most frequently stolen in Canada. Experts say that knowing your vehicle is highly targeted can be the first step in protecting yourself from auto theft. Despite news reports,...

read more
Back to School Bus Safety & Speed Limits

Back to School Bus Safety & Speed Limits

September is here and back to school time means back to sharing the road with school vehicles. Knowing the laws for sharing the road can save you from big fines and potentially even bigger increases in your insurance premiums. In recent years the traffic laws have...

read more
When Can I Take My Snow Tires Off My Car?

When Can I Take My Snow Tires Off My Car?

Spring has sprung in Ontario with melting snow, warmer weather, and dry roads. Naturally, drivers are beginning to ask when they can take the snow tires off their car. To maintain your snow tire discount and coverage, most insurance companies require you to have four...

read more