Some companies and government agencies own and operate a motor pool of multiple vehicle types that many different drivers use to conduct their business and deliver services. Fuel and maintenance costs contribute to a significant portion of their operating budgets. An organization-wide anti-idling policy is one tool that large fleet managers can use to control fuel costs and maintain vehicle exhaust systems because it communicates specific behaviors to a broad audience. Plus, training employees on fuel efficient driving practices can reduce fuel and maintenance costs.
In 2005, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters adopted an anti-idling policy that engaged drivers to reduce unnecessary idling across their nearly 25 truck fleet. As idling dropped from 30% of engine running time to 20% and then 10%, they were able to reduce fuel consumption by 6,816 gallons. At the bulk fuel rate of $3/gallon, this policy saved the company close to $20,500 in fuel costs alone. They also likely saved up to $2,000/truck on deferred vehicle maintenance costs, such as not having to replace air and fuel filters as frequently. Please read the Green Mountain Coffee Roasters success story for additional information and resources.
What Can I Do?
- Encourage your company to adopt an idling policy.
- Read our 1-page fact sheet about idling diesel trucks, emission reduction equipment, and local businesses' experiences with policies and technologies. Share these tips with your fleet and maintenance managers, drivers, customers, and vendors.
- Read our 1-page fact sheet with driving tips to save fuel and money.
- School buses also transport children and idle near schools. Visit the page on buses for more information on idle reduction tips and technologies for this type of vehicle.