NEWS: Vermont prohibited idling of motor vehicles law now in effect.
Restricts the idling of all motor vehicles while parked to five minutes in any 60-minute period (with exceptions).
What is the problem with parked vehicles that idle?
Someone's parked in their car, idling while using their smart phone. A diesel truck is idling for 10-15-20 minutes while making a delivery.
Eventually these vehicles go on their way and everything seems as it was before they parked and idled.
But it isn’t. Harm has been done, some of it permanent. Those in the vicinity, including the drivers, have been harmed by breathing toxic exhaust emissions. Harm has been done to the engines, wallets or company profits, the environment, energy wasted, plus laws broken. Drivers need to be aware of this harmful and wasteful, yet unnecessary practice that occurs daily throughout Vermont.
The compelling benefits of simply turning off the key when parked
• SAVE MONEY - avoid fuel waste and engine wear
• IMPROVE AIR QUALITY / IMPROVE OUR HEALTH - exhaust emissions cause respiratory illness
• SLOW THE ADVANCE OF CLIMATE CHANGE - exhaust emissions contain carbon dioxide (CO2)
• CONSERVE ENERGY - unnecessary idling contributes to fossil fuel use
• OBEY THE LAW - Vermont has laws that restrict idling
For details, visit the Idling Facts page
DID YOU KNOW?
There are more than 627,000 Vermont vehicle registrations in 2014. If just half of these vehicles reduced their idling while parked by five minutes/day, the total fuel avoidance could exceed 4,772,000 gallons/year, and the total CO2 emissions reduction could exceed 46,000 tons/year.
IDLE-FREE VT FUNDED PROJECT:
SCHOOL NO IDLING POLICIES
FOR THE VERMONT SCHOOL COMMUNITY!
(School Boards, Supervisory Unions, School Administrators, Teachers, Students, Parents)
THE VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Full details on the School No Idling Policies page
Are you interested in improving students’ health through better air quality?
We invite schools to participate in the School No Idling Policies (SNIP) project.
The Vermont Asthma Program of the Vermont Department of Health awarded a grant to Idle-Free VT for SNIP. The goal of this project, running from Sept. 2013 to Aug. 2014, is to increase the number of Vermont schools that adopt formal no-idling policies for all motor vehicles while on school grounds by 25 schools.
Educational Program: SNIP offers schools a cost-free Educational Program — regardless of whether they have a no idling policy — providing interested teachers no-idling curricula on three grade levels. Come join the increasing list of inviting, participating schools!
NOTE: MORE FREQUENT UPDATES AT IDLE-FREE VT FACEBOOK PAGE
UPDATE: SCHOOL NO IDLING POLICIES
School No Idling Policies (SNIP), is conducting idling awareness educational sessions, to date for Northfield MS, Twin Valley MS, Kurn Hattin School, So. Royalton School, Fayston Elementary, Rutland HS, Bellows Falls MS, The Compass School and St. Johnsbury Academy, ranging from health, science and drivers ed. classes.
FLEET IDLING REDUCTION CERTIFICATION PROGRAM LAUNCHES
The American Lung Assoc. and UVM partner in Vermont Idle-Free Fleets*, a free online certification program showing diesel truck drivers and fleet managers the benefits in idling reduction.
*not affiliated with Idle-Free VT Inc.
VERMONT IDLING LAW NOW IN EFFECT
Vermont's prohibited idling of motor vehicles law went into effect May 5th. It will limit idling of all vehicles to five minutes in any 60-minute period, with exceptions. Idle-Free VT director Wayne Michaud comments on the law on WVNY Fox 44/ABC 22 news.
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