Success – Anti-Idling
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A History of Success – Anti-Idling

In 2005 and 2008, the Idling Committee planned and implemented Bay Area Anti-Idling Days of Action. Both events mobilized numerous organizations and individuals from environmental health and justice communities throughout the region. Outreach and educational materials that highlighted California idling regulations, stressed the health and financial costs of idling, and provided information about idling enforcement were developed through local market research and distributed to truckers, school bus drivers, and the general public. Press conferences resulted in several TV, print and radio stories.

For three years the Idling Committee also partnered with air quality agencies to place anti-idling ads in the English and Spanish editions of the DMV Commercial Driver Handbook. In 2008 the circulation was 700,000 for the English edition and 250,000 for the Spanish edition. The DDDC was responsible for the design, development, and placement of the ads and the partner organizations provided financial contributions.

In 2012, the Idling Committee developed an Anti-Idling Toolkit for Schools. The Toolkit will be used to educate and mobilize a school community, including students, teachers, parents, school bus and delivery vehicle drivers, and/or diesel vehicle drivers, to reduce idling at and around school sites. Currently, the toolkit is being designed for an online release on DDDC's website. In the coming months, the Steering Committee will conduct strategic planning to identify the next educational or policy foci related to the reduction of idling.

For links to outreach and educational materials around anti-idling, visit the Publications.

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“It’s quiet on 7th Street.  I am not feeling the normal shaking vibrations of the noisy trucks. Suddenly there's this burning smell. I’m gasping for breath. Sure enough, there’s this trucker out my window, and he is sitting there idling the engine. With what felt like my last gasp for air, I managed to reach for my inhaler.  I was still shaking as I felt the medicine relieve my choking and coughing.”

- Margaret G., West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project