Mayor says anti-idling bylaw may be considered

Mayor Bruce Lantz says an anti-idling bylaw is on the radar in Fort St. John.

On Moose FM’s Issues and Answers this morning, Mayor Lantz said staff is currently researching the facts behind an anti-idling bylaw, and says there is a suprising amount of information to go through.


The Mayor says the idea did come up in council last June, and the city will probably have to look at it again soon. But, he says, like with the Edmonton bylaw, no policy here is going force residents to keep their cars turned off when the temperature is below -10.


As far as enforcement goes, he says he’s not sure how it would be best done. Certainly, the mayor is concerned about adding more difficult-to-enforce bylaws to already stretched RCMP members, but he says enforcement done on a by-complaint basis, like in Edmonton, is an option.


Edmonton’s Inews reports the Edmonton bylaw would only apply when the temperature is above -10, and would call for a $250 fine, for vehicles idling for more than three minutes.

To see some of the comments made by Fort St. John residents, about such a bylaw, click here: