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Did you know that St. Albert has an Idle-Free Bylaw to reduce idling and help residents better understand how they can impact air quality?

The Idle-Free Bylaw limits idling of parked vehicles to three minutes at any time. Learning about air quality is as easy as turning off your engine. It can also help protect your health and the health of those around you. Often the places we idle are near those who are at the greatest risk for poor air quality – such as schools, daycares and hospitals.

Here are some things you can do to reduce idling in your vehicle:

  • Be aware of the time you are idling. Remember short periods of idling can add up! When parked for more than 60 seconds, consider turning your engine off until you are ready to continue driving.
  • Drive smart! Take it easy when breaking and increasing speed while driving. Keeping your vehicle in proper working condition can also reduce emissions. This means regular maintenance and recommended motor oil for your car.
  • Drive less! Use other ways of travel when possible. Walk on a nice day, take public transportation, or carpool with friends instead of driving alone.
  • Spread the word. The more people who are aware of the impact they can make by idling less, the better the environment will be.

Consider this: if Canadians avoided idling for three minutes every day, the amount of emissions prevented from entering the environment is like taking 340,000 cars off the road!

To learn more about the impacts of air quality on human health, visit Alberta Environment and Parks.


Learn more about the idle free bylaw in St. Albert and the list of exemptions on the Idle Free page.

Last edited: March 29, 2019

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