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National Clean Diesel Campaign (NCDC)

Working Together for Cleaner Air

Clean School Bus

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What You Can Do

Everyone has a role in reducing emissions from school buses.

School Officials
  • Establish idle reduction policies
  • Work with bus companies to ensure idle reduction policies are adopted
  • Minimize the time that children spend outside when school buses are arriving or departing
  • Deploy cleanest buses on longest routes
  • If possible, shorten commute times for children
  • Discourage drivers from following directly behind large vehicles or school buses, especially if they are emitting visible smoke
  • Post no-idling signs on school grounds
  • Provide a space inside the school where drivers can wait on cold days
  • Limit idling of delivery vehicles on school grounds
  • Develop educational programs for students about air pollution
Bus Owners / Operators
  • Adopt idle reduction policies
  • Educate drivers and recognize drivers that reduce idling time
  • Keep buses well maintained
  • Take steps to retrofit existing buses with pollution controls and idle reduction devices
  • Replace the oldest buses with newer, cleaner buses
  • Discourage drivers from following directly behind large vehicles or school buses, especially if they are emitting visible smoke
Bus Drivers
  • Follow idle reduction guidelines established by school officials and/or bus owners
  • When standing, turn off the school bus engine
  • Avoid driving directly behind large vehicles or school buses, especially if they are emitting visible smoke
Parents
  • Talk with school officials about establishing idle reduction programs
  • Talk with school transportation providers about establishing idle reduction programs
  • Do not idle your personal vehicle
Students
  • Talk with school officials about reducing school bus idling
  • Talk with bus drivers about idle reduction
  • Help school officials make and post no-idling signs

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