Taxis & Limos
Taxi and private car service drivers may idle a lot while waiting for passengers and loading and unloading. Many drivers are typically responsible for fuel costs, so finding ways to avoid wasting fuel will keep more money in your pocket. In addition to turning the engine off while waiting to pick up and unload passengers, decreasing fast acceleration and hard braking events can increase fuel efficiency—and provide a smoother ride for your passengers, too.
What Can I Do?
- Read our 1-page fact sheet with driving tips to save fuel and money. Share these tips with other drivers.
- Encourage your company to adopt an idling policy.
- Taxi cab companies have begun converting some of their fleet to hybrid vehicles, which don't idle at all because the gas engine shuts off when stopped. This technology saves fuel and reduces air pollution. Metro Taxi in Denver has the largest and greenest taxi fleet in Colorado. According to their calculations, "given the annual mileage of a taxi cab, converting just one to a hybrid vehicle is the equivalent of converting five non-commercial vehicles to hybrid automobiles." Learn more about Metro Taxi's going green efforts.