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MODL introduces anti-idling policy

By Evan Taylor Feb 28, 2024 | 12:37 PM

The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg (MODL) is taking proactive steps to address climate change by implementing an Anti-Idling Policy. This initiative is a key component of the Local Climate Change Action Plan 2030, specifically outlined in Action 6, which aims to establish regulations to minimize unnecessary engine idling.

Under the new policy, all drivers within the Municipality, including those in designated Idle-Free Zones, are strongly encouraged to minimize idling of their vehicles. The primary objective is to raise awareness about the detrimental effects of idling and highlight the importance of turning off engines when not in use. This practice offers various benefits, such as reducing air pollution, promoting public health, and conserving energy resources.

In the coming months, several high-traffic areas on municipal properties will be identified as Idle-Free Zones. To facilitate public awareness and compliance, an Idle-Free Zone Map will be published on the MODL website (modl.ca), providing clear delineation of all designated areas.

Mayor Carolyn Bolivar-Getson emphasizes the significance of the anti-idling policy, stating, “This initiative represents a pivotal step in our commitment to environmental stewardship. By curbing unnecessary vehicle idling, we are not only preserving energy but also mitigating harmful emissions that contribute to air pollution and climate change. It’s a positive outcome for our community and the planet at large.”

While the policy encourages reduced idling across the board, certain vehicles are exempt from the idling restrictions. These include vehicles equipped with accessibility features, emergency vehicles, utility trucks, maintenance vehicles, public transportation, and vehicles transporting perishable goods. Additionally, drivers may idle their vehicles when necessary for safety purposes, such as clearing ice and snow from windshields to ensure clear visibility on the roadways.