Idling regulations

Idling means running the engine of a motor vehicle when the vehicle is not in motion. Under section 2.7 of the City of Vancouver's Motor Vehicle Noise and Emission Abatement Bylaw 9344, it is illegal to idle a vehicle:

  • For more than three consecutive minutes in a 60-minute period, or 
  • While unattended and unlocked

Idling exceptions

The idling regulation applies to all vehicles, except when a:

  • Vehicle is attached to equipment, and the equipment needs power from the engine in order to run, for a commercial or public purpose
  • Emergency vehicle in the course of performing its duties, including training
  • Motor vehicle assisting in an emergency
  • Armoured vehicle used to transport money or valuables, while loading or unloading
  • Motor vehicle in the course of a race or parade approved by Vancouver City Council
  • Bus while passengers are loading or unloading

Read the Motor Vehicle Noise and Emission Abatement By-law 9344 (42 KB)