EDMONTON - As many of you have new year's resolutions planned for 2013, the City of Edmonton also has some changes planned.
Among them, a new city bylaw that prohibits idling vehicles outside schools and hospitals.
As of Jan. 1, vehicles can’t idle for more than five minutes per half-hour when the temperature is above zero. School buses, ambulances, taxis and other vehicles licensed for transporting people are exempt.
The bylaw was passed by city council last May. “This is not intended to be draconian,” said Coun. Don Iveson at the time.
“It’s intended, like other bylaws we pass, as a statement about what’s important to our city. Clean air matters and the health of vulnerable citizens matters. There will not be idling police enforcing this.”
While the bylaw takes effect Jan. 1, enforcement won’t start until signs are posted designating no-idling zones outside schools and hospitals, according to community standards branch manager David Aitken.
The penalty for violating the bylaw is $250, but tickets will only be handed out as a last resort, Aitken said last May.
Another change deals with garbage collection. Starting this February, collection day will be the same all year round.
You can also expect to pay a little more if you use the City's recreation facilities. Annual adult facility and facility plus passes are increasing by about $20 dollars.
Coupled with transit fee increases, one city councillor says the city needs to work harder in the new year to find efficiencies.
"It would be more preferable to just tell administration 'look, if you're putting up fees by $21 million, you need to find $21 million more in value, and they're not - and that's tough on families."
With files from Laurel Clark, Global News and Marta Gold, Postmedia News
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