My recent entry reminding people that the temperature during the days lately have been such that the Idling Control by-law (Bylaw #2007-266) got me wondering about how often people have been ticketed for violating it, so I asked the City of Ottawa for the statistics.
According to the City of Ottawa, between the start of its enforcement in 2008 and the end of 2009 a total of 713 warnings were issued and 3 charges were laid, which is pretty good given the number of vehicles on the road at any given time.
Broken down by year, we can see that there was almost twice as many warnings were issued in the first year (2008) as in the second (2009). Similarly, the number of charges laid dropped by 50%, but given that this number dropped from 2 to 1 you really can’t draw many conclusions. The important numbers are for the number of warnings issued because they suggest that drivers are becoming more environmentally aware and choosing to turn off their engines rather than letting them idle when waiting to pick someone up.