Trucks consume up to one gallon of diesel fuel for each hour at idle, using as much as 2,400 gallons of fuel every year per truck. This totals 1.2 billion gallons of diesel fuel consumed every year from idling. On average, each idling truck produces about 21 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) and 0.3 tons of nitrogen oxides (NOx) annually.
In an effort to lower emissions and cut our dependency on non-renewable petroleum resources, Canadian and U.S. governmental agencies are implementing new regulations aimed at reducing truck idling. In addition, many states and provinces are enacting stricter anti-idling rules with more severe penalties for violators. Regulatory agencies at all levels of government are also working with industry parties to foster awareness of the harmful effects of idling and the solutions available from suppliers to combat them.
As a manufacturer of idle reduction products, Espar is partnering with various government agencies in both the U.S. and Canada. When available, Espar seeks to secure government funding to implement demonstration programs, illustrating for the trucking industry and other interested parties the positive effects of utilizing independent heating systems to cut truck idling.
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The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has compiled idling regulations that are in effect in various jurisdictions across the country. The following information is for reference purposes only and should not be relied upon for regulatory compliance. Although every effort has been made regarding both accuracy and current status, the information may contain errors and omissions and is subject to change. Actual state, county or city codes should be referenced for specific requirements. Online users may access these codes by clicking on the individual regulations.
(To download the Truck Idling Regulations for 2010 in a PDF format, click here.)