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Needless idling of engines


The bylaw regarding nuisances caused by motor vehicles stipulates that all persons who let their vehicles idle for more than three minutes are subject to a fine.

Furthermore, the bylaw has been amended so as to allow a police officer, a parking agent, an Urban Security Patrol agent or a municipal inspector to issue and place a notice or a ticket on the windshield of a vehicle found to contravene the bylaw.

Certain exceptions do apply, however. For example, in the cases of emergency vehicles and taxis, and under the following circumstances:

• when the outside temperature is below - 10°C and it is necessary to warm up the vehicle because someone is inside;

• when there is freezing rain or ice on the vehicle and it is necessary to heat it up in order to ensure safe driving.


Complete by-law (French only)