News release

New Idling Policy For Government Vehicles Begins

Nova Scotians can breathe easier with the province's new idling policy affecting all government vehicles.

The rules, which come into effect today, Oct. 1, prohibit parked government-owned or leased vehicles from idling for longer than one minute. The policy also applies to privately owned vehicles used for government business.

Vehicles are also not allowed to idle for any length of time within 30 metres of a ventilation system or workplace open window or entrance.

"Government and its employees are leading by example and reducing unnecessary vehicle idling," said Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau. "Turning your ignition off reduces air pollution, saves fuel and money, and decreases wear and tear on engine parts."

There are some exceptions for emergency situations or when vehicles need to idle to power equipment.

The new policy is the result of the Anti-Idling Act, which became law last December. The act also calls on bus companies to implement idling policies.

The policy is in the 300 Common Services Management manual at www.gov.ns.ca/treasuryboard/manuals/ .

More information on the benefits of turning off engines is included on the anti-idling fact sheet at www.gov.ns.ca/nse/air .

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Nova Scotians can breathe easier with the province's new idling policy affecting all government vehicles.

The rules, which come into effect today (October 1st), prohibit allowing parked government owned or leased vehicles to idle longer than one minute.

The policy also applies to privately owned vehicles used for government business.

Idling is also not allowed for any length of time within 30 metres of a ventilation system or open workplace window or entrance.

Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau says hopes that Nova Scotians will follow the example of the government and its employees and reduce unnecessary vehicle idling.

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Media Contact:

Lori Errington
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