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Authority: Urban Environment and Development Committee Report No. 11, Clause No. 2,
as adopted by Council on October 1 and 2, 1998
Enacted by Council: October 2, 1998 CITY OF TORONTO
BY-LAW No. 673-1998
To Prohibit Excessive Idling of Vehicles and Boats.
1. As used in this by-law, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
(1) BOAT - A ship or any other description of vessel not propelled by oars and
includes a boat used exclusively for towing purposes, a water taxi and a
boat used on water for living purposes.
(2) IDLE - The operation of the engine of a boat or vehicle while the vehicle
or boat is not in motion and not being used to operate auxiliary equipment
that is essential to the basic function of the vehicle or boat, and
idling has a corresponding meaning.
(3) LAYOVER - A stopping point along a transit route for a maximum of fifteen
(15) minutes used by transit vehicles to allow transit vehicles to adjust
to service schedules.
(4) MOBILE WORKSHOP:
(a) A vehicle containing equipment that must be operated inside or in
association with the vehicle; or
(b) A vehicle serving as a facility for taking measurements or making
observations operated by or on behalf of a municipality, public
utility or police, fire or ambulance service.
(5) OFFICIAL - A police officer, police cadet, municipal law enforcement
officer or any person authorized to enforce this chapter.
(6) STOPOVER - A scheduled delay of a maximum of fifteen (15) minutes at a
transit vehicle terminal to allow transit vehicles to adjust to service
(7) TRANSIT VEHICLE - Public transit vehicles, tour buses and motor coaches.
(8) VEHICLE - A motor vehicle, trailer, traction engine, farm tractor or road-
building machine as defined in the Highway Traffic Act and any vehicle
drawn, propelled or driven by any kind of non-muscular power, but does not
include cars of electric or diesel electric railways running only upon
2. (1) No person shall cause or permit a vehicle or boat to idle for more than
three (3) minutes in a sixty-minute period.
(2) Subsection A does not apply to:
(a) Police, fire or ambulance vehicles or boats while engaged in
operational activities, including training activities, except where
idling is substantially for the convenience of the operator of the
vehicle or boat.
(b) Vehicles and boats assisting in an emergency activity.
(c) Ferry boats operated by the City of Toronto or the Toronto Harbour
Commissioners providing service to the Toronto Islands, including
the Toronto Island Airport.
(d) Boats not at anchor or tied to a dock.
(e) Mobile workshops while they are in the course of being used for
their basic function.
(f) Vehicles or boats where idling is required to repair the vehicle or
boat or to prepare a vehicle or boat for service.
(g) Armoured vehicles where a person remains inside the vehicle while
guarding the contents of the vehicle or while the vehicle is being
loaded or unloaded.
(h) Vehicles or boats required to remain motionless because of an
emergency, traffic, weather conditions or mechanical difficulties
over which the driver has no control.
(i) Vehicles or boats engaged in a parade or race or any other event
authorized by Council.
(j) Transit vehicles while passengers are embarking or disembarking en
route or in terminals.
(k) Transit vehicles while at a layover or stopover location except
where idling is substantially for the convenience of the operator
of the vehicle.
(l) Vehicles transporting a person where a medical doctor certifies in
writing that for medical reasons a person in a vehicle requires
that temperature or humidity be maintained within a certain range.
(m) Vehicles or boats when the ambient temperature inside a vehicle or
(a) More than twenty-seven degrees Celsius (27°C.); or
(b) Less than five degrees Celsius (5°C.).
3. Any person who contravenes any provision of this by-law is guilty of an offence.
ENACTED AND PASSED this 2nd day of October, A.D. 1998.
CASE OOTES, NOVINA WONG,
Deputy Mayor City Clerk
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