truck drivers are responding to the country’s minister of natural resources’
request that they cut their engines at truck stops because it’s good for the
environment and the bottom line.
third annual Idle-Free Quiet Zone Campaign, taking place at 82 truck stops and
other sites across Canada, is running now until Dec. 10, 2004.
aim of the 10-week campaign, which was launched earlier this month in Brandon,
Manitoba, is designed to educate the trucking industry about the harmful
effects of unnecessary engine idling.
are being asked to turn off their engines when parked in "quiet
zones" and are receiving information on the effects of idling on noise
levels, air pollution and fuel costs.
again, the trucking sector is reaching out to its drivers to promote cleaner
driving practices, and I congratulate them," R. John Efford, Minister of
Natural Resources Canada, said. "By following these practices, truckers
will save energy and money, and do their part to address climate change."
to Natural Resources Canada, which is managing the campaign through its Office
of Energy Efficiency, idling trucks emit an estimated 3,080 to 7,700 tons
of greenhouse gases per truck stop each year.
Participants are eligible to receive rebates for approved
anti-idling equipment purchased after Aug. 12, 2003.