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
• COMPLY WITH THE LAW - Vermont has laws that restrict idling
For details, visit the Idling Facts page
THE IMPACT OF VEHICLE IDLING IN VERMONT
University of Vermont Transportation Research Center 2014 passenger vehicle idling report estimates that Vermonters idle vehicles voluntarily (while parked) for 9.6 million hours annually, equating to 36,500 metric tons of CO2e emissions and 4.1 million gallons of fuel used (based on passenger vehicle — car/SUV/light-duty truck — idling consumption of 0.43 gal/hr). This does not even include heavy-duty trucks and buses.
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IDLE-FREE VT FUNDED PROJECT: VERMONT IDLE-FREE SCHOOLS
FOR THE VERMONT SCHOOL COMMUNITY in 2014-15!
Idle-Free VT has been awarded a $17,500 grant by High Meadows Fund to implement Vermont Idle-Free Schools, a project that is showing up to 800 students how to be more fuel efficient and environmentally responsible drivers in the 2014-15 school year. 60 educational sessions are being conducted, including vehicle idling measuring studies at five schools. Additionally, 35 school official no-idling guidelines are being sought.
EFFICIENT VERMONT FLEET$: GO GREEN - SAVE GREEN
FOR VERMONT BUSINESS & TOWN FLEET OPERATORS!
Since 2010, Wayne Michaud, Idle-Free VT director, has given more than 60 presentations to Vermont fleet operators. With low-cost sessions at your location, Efficient Vermont Fleet$ will show business and town fleets the significant benefits in avoiding unnecessary vehicle idling and practicing green driving methods. Depending on fleet size, thousands of dollars can be saved annually!
For more details, visit the Fleets page.
UVM TRC VEHICLE IDLING REPORT
Report estimates Vermonters idling passenger vehicles while parked on an annual basis emit 36,500 metric tons of CO2e and use 4.1 million gallons of fuel. Report does not include truck and bus idling.
2014-15 SCHOOL YEAR
HIGH MEADOWS FUND AWARDS
IDLE-FREE VT $17,500 GRANT FOR
VERMONT IDLE-FREE SCHOOLS PROJECT
VERMONT IDLING LAW NOW IN EFFECT
Vermont's prohibited idling of motor vehicles law went into effect May 5th. It limits 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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