Warnings to be issued to idlers in Perth
One of the recommendations that came out of the town of Perth’s Climate Advisory Panel was the enforcement of the town’s existing anti-idling by-law.
On Tuesday December 17th, Council passed a motion requesting staff to prepare a report on an educational campaign to support the enforcement of that by-law. They also approved having by-law enforcement officers issue warnings with educational material to residents or visitors violating the by-Law.
Although the motion passed Councillor Barry Smiths voted against it, because as he doesn’t think it’s practical.
“Well it was very tough for me to do, because I’m on the climate committee and I believe very strongly in it,” said Smiths. “I just don’t believe in this by law. I think it was kind of silly when it was introduced.”
The Councillor says he knows we shouldn’t idle cars, but he adds that he thinks the by-law is probably unenforceable, “Because what do you do at McDonalds or Tim Horton’s? Is a by-law officer going to stand there and warn everybody coming through. Not likely.”
Perth has had an anti-idling By Law in place since 2017.