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In-Use Measures: Idling Controls

This page provides links to EPA and non-EPA resources that provide additional information on in-use measures to reduce emissions. Links go directly to specific websites or documents that address idling controls.

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Resources

  • Clean School Bus USA
    An EPA voluntary program working to reduce both children's exposure to diesel exhaust and the amount of air pollution created by diesel school buses. One of the program's three primary strategies is encouraging policies to eliminate unnecessary public school bus idling.
  • SmartWay Transport Partnership
    An EPA voluntary program that challenges companies that ship products, as well as the truck and rail companies delivering these products, to reduce vehicle idling and adopt other strategies to improve the environmental performance of their freight operations.

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Other Federal Departments & Agencies

  • National Idling Reduction Network News
    A Department of Energy (DOE) program that brings together trucking and transit companies, railroads, equipment manufacturers, local, state and federal government agencies (including regulators), and national research laboratories to identify consistent, workable solutions to heavy vehicle idling for the entire United States.
  • Canada's "Idle-Free Zone" campaign
    A campaign designed to help Canadians stop unnecessary engine idling in their communities.

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State, Local, and Regional Programs  Exit EPA Disclaimer

  • Clean Transportation Program
    A program through the New York Power Authority to reduce vehicle emissions, including a truck-stop electrification project.
  • Engine Idling and Air Pollution
    A document that describes the air quality and health effects of motor vehicle idling, and how to reduce your vehicle's emissions.
  • School Bus Idling Pilot Project
    Provides information on an Arizona Department of Environmental Quality initiative, where the state worked with school districts to draft a bus idling policy.

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Non-Governmental Organizations  Exit EPA Disclaimer

  • School Bus Diesel Campaign
    A public education campaign sponsored by the Sierra Club to encourage schools in Minnesota to stop school bus idling and invest in emissions control technologies.

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