Idling trucks bedevil environment, Canada says

| 10/25/2004

Canadian 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.

The 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.

The 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.

Drivers 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.

"Once 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."

According 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.