The American Trucking Associations announced support of the Diesel Idle Reduction Campaign headed by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.
The official launch of the campaign is set for 11:00 a.m. on July 13 at the Council of Governments headquarters near Union Station. The ATA said the aims of the campaign, such as reducing discretionary idling, improving public health, and protecting the environment, align with the goals of its Sustainability Initiative.
The ATA launched its six-prong initiative in 2008 with the singular goal of reducing discretionary and non-discreationary idling. Discretionary idling occurs when drivers leave engines running during their rest periods to provide heat or air conditioning for the sleeper compartment.
ATA Vice President and Environmental Affairs Counsel Glen Kedzie said the initiative is as much a public health issue as a monetary one. "When truck and bus drivers turn off their engines when they're not needed, they do more than avoid fines and cut fuel costs," Kedzie said. "They take an important and easy step toward improving air quality."
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