Bracebridge Idling Bylaw Tweaked To Include Pets In Cars

Posted: 2019-07-29 07:39:36 By: hbr

The Town of Bracebridge’s Vehicle Idling Bylaw is getting a few tweaks in the temperature department.

During the latest general committee meeting, councillors decide on an exemption to the bylaw when temperatures are below zero degrees and above 20 degrees Celsius for occupied vehicles only.

The Town’s chief bylaw officer Scott Stakiw said that given the concern about dogs being left inside hot vehicles, the definition of “occupied” includes dogs and cats so they can get some air conditioning relief. 

Of the 30 similar idling bylaws in other towns staff examined, 22 of them had similar exemptions for temperature. 

The report also indicated that the Government of Canada estimates that vehicle emissions are responsible for about 30 per cent of all greenhouse gases produced in Canada.

The set fine for idling for more than three minutes is $100 and $75 if it's paid within a week.