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Coquitlam councillor wants anti-idling by-law

Last Updated Jun 14, 2019 at 12:12 pm PDT

Female hand on steering wheel. (iStock Photo)

COQUITLAM (NEWS 1130) – A city councillor in Coquitlam wants the city to pass an anti-idling by-law and hopes it will be in effect soon.

Councillor Teri Towner says she really noticed idling as a problem during this past winter.

“I would go to a local shopping plaza and started to notice that people would leave their cars running while they would run their errands,” says Towner.

Her proposal is to investigate ways to increase awareness of how bad idling is for the city’s air quality, and to give the city the by-law to deal with those who do.

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Towner says she is also listening to complaints from city residents who say that non-smoking rental suites have contributed to the issue.

“The tenants go and sit in their cars and having their cigarette or play on their phone or do whatever for sometimes 45 minutes to an hour at a time, and they idle,” she says.

She hopes a by-law will be in place for this coming winter.