The City of Vernon has called a halt to a bylaw restricting vehicle idling.

The City of Vernon has called a halt to a bylaw restricting vehicle idling.

City of Vernon backs off anti-idling bylaw

Council votes Monday to purse education instead of legislation

A crackdown on idling vehicles has ran out of gas.

Instead of adopting an anti-idling bylaw Monday, council deferred the matter for six months so residents can be encouraged voluntarily not to leave their vehicles running.

“The objective can be achieved by an educational campaign,” said Coun. Bob Spiers.

“We can see if the campaign works and if it (bylaw) needs to be brought back, it can be brought back in the future.”

On March 11, council had given three readings a bylaw that would have penalized people who allowed their vehicles to operate while sitting for more than five minutes.

Mayor Rob Sawatzky believes his colleagues decided to pursue education because enforcing the bylaw could have been difficult.

“We want to do what is most effective,” said Sawatzky, adding that the city is still committed to reducing carbon emissions.