Anti idling bylaw nonsensical

Duncan – I sympathize with Nicole Gollinger and the $75 fine she received for idling. This is beyond ridiculous and another way for Duncan city council to drive people away from downtown. Most people know how much gas costs and don’t generally try to waste it needlessly idling.

This nonsensical bylaw was promoted by Councillor Sharon Jackson to reduce emissions. It has no merit, doesn’t reduce emissions and is a complete waste of time. Anti-idling bylaws were originally created for large distribution centers like Texas where hundreds of big rigs would be idling all night. They weren’t created for small towns of one square mile in size.

Of course the whole thing is completely laughable considering the traffic under this administration has become a complete nightmare. Traffic is regularly backed up for blocks at the Government Street/Trunk Road intersection and even on the occasions when it’s not backed up you’re forced to sit there idling endlessly waiting for a light to change. Do I even need to mention the highway that passes through Duncan and the massive amount of idling required to travel a few blocks?

Mark Williams

Duncan