By-laws respecting the public roadways
To ensure the safety of road users, the City of Saint-Lambert regulates certain aspects of the use of public roadways. Not abiding by these by-laws may result in a fine.
It is prohibited to shovel, blow, or push snow into the street or onto the sidewalks. The snow must be piled on your own property. For everyone’s safety, it is also forbidden to create snow banks by the curb that exceed 2.5 m.
If you use the services of a private snow removal company, it is not allowed to display its company name, telephone number, or logo on the driveway demarcation posts.
From December 15 to March 15, overnight parking is prohibited on city streets between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m., with the exception of streets where signs indicate otherwise. You can consult the list of streets where parking is permitted.
In October 2017, the City Council voted to reduce the period of overnight parking prohibition. Instead of November 15 to April 15, the period will now be from December 15 to March 15.
Vehicle engine idling
It is forbidden to let your vehicle’s engine idle for more than three minutes per hour when you are at a standstill. This by-law was created to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help preserve our air quality.
The by-law prohibits idling in a number of instances, including:
- for the purpose of heating a vehicle in winter or cooling it in summer;
- during short errands (dépanneur, gas station, etc.);
- while waiting for a passenger;
- while waiting for a train to cross at a level-crossing;
- while waiting to be served at a drive-through window;
- when using a remote starter.
When should I turn off my engine?
If your vehicle is stationary for more than 60 seconds, unless you are in traffic, turn off your engine. Unnecessary idling wastes money, fuel, and produces greenhouse gas emissions, which contribute to climate change.
Why turn off my engine?
- To protect health: An idling vehicle releases a witches’ brew of gases and small particles into the air we breathe. Poor air quality can cause serious respiratory problems in people suffering from respiratory illnesses, such as asthma, and affects everybody’s health.
- To protect the environment: Turning off your engine is an effective way to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and it contributes to meeting the Kyoto targets.
- To save money: Idling wastes fuel: your vehicle burns twice as much gas when idling as when driving at an average speed of 50 km/h. By turning off your engine, you waste less fuel and save money.
- To reduce engine wear: Unnecessary idling can damage the components of your engine, including the cylinders, spark plugs, and exhaust system.
Did you know?
A commonly held myth is that idling is the best way to warm up your engine. In fact, even in cold temperatures, the best way to warm up an engine is to drive it at a moderate speed.
The tires, transmission, wheel bearings, and other moving parts only begin to warm up once a vehicle is in motion.
Restarting the engine has little impact on engine wear. What’s more, ten seconds of idling can use up more fuel than stopping and restarting the engine.
On cold winter days, you can help to reduce the impact of starting your vehicle by using a block heater. This affordable device warms the coolant, which in turn warms the engine block and lubricants. The engine will start more easily and reach its optimal operating temperature faster.
The speed limit throughout the municipality is 30 km/h. This by-law was created in response to growing pressure from concerned citizens regarding speeding on city streets and to ensure increased safety for pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers.
A few exceptions…
The speed limit on the main arteries is 50 km/h to ensure that the flow of traffic between the different city sectors remains fluid. These are:
- Victoria Avenue
- Riverside Drive
- Simard Boulevard
- Tiffin Road
- Sir-Wilfrid-Laurier Boulevard
Look for signs that indicate the change in the speed limit allowed on these streets.
Did you know?
In urban areas, driving 10 km/h over the posted speed limit quadruples your chances of having an accident.
Most minor or serious injuries occur in zones where the speed limit is 50 km/h, because a variety of different users share the road in these areas.
An impact at 50 km/h is equal to a fall from the top of a four-storey building.
Speeding increases braking distance: at 30 km/h, the braking distance needed is 15.5 m, compared to 31.2 m at 50 km/h.
Consult the By-laws page to know all the provisions of the by-laws in force on the territory of Saint-Lambert.