5 reasons to stop idling

5 reasons to stop engine idling1. Health effects of air pollution

‘Emissions from motor vehicles … have a severe impact on air quality and public health.’(1) Air pollution from vehicles has many health effects including ‘cardio-vascular disease, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung cancer, and diabetes,’(2) respiratory problems, allergic illnesses, pregnancy and birth problems, influence on male fertility, risk of death, cardiopulmonary problems, increased risk of heart attack, and changes in the autonomic nervous system.(3) ‘Idling vehicles suffer from less ventilation inside the vehicle leading to a toxic buildup of pollutants.’(4) Idling vehicles can create as much pollution as if they were moving.(5) Motorbikes and scooters often emit far more pollution than cars.(6) Children are particularly susceptible to the effects of pollution.(7) Many parents and school bus drivers idle their engines when they drop off and pick up their children from school creating pollution hot spots.(8)
Conclusion: Idling is a serious issue and it is especially important to stop idling around schools.

2. Acceleration of global warming

‘Idling for over 10 seconds uses more fuel and produces more CO2 emissions than restarting your engine.’(9) ‘Every gallon of gas burned emits nearly 25 pounds of carbon dioxide and other global-warming gases into the atmosphere.’(10) ‘A vehicle idling for five minutes produces more than a quarter kilogram (271.4 grams) of the greenhouse gases that are destabilizing our planet’s climate patterns.’(11)

3. Noise pollution

Idling is noisy. Research indicates that traffic noise ‘harms the health and well-being of children,’(12) impacts work quality and bio-chemistry, and increases tension, blood pressure and pulse frequency.(13)

4. Depletion of natural resources

‘An idling car uses between 1/5 to 7/10 of a gallon of fuel an hour. An idling diesel truck burns approximately one gallon of fuel an hour.’(5)

5. Savings loss

In America it is estimated that reducing idling would generally save between US$70-650 (NT 1,824 – 19,761 as of January 2014 ) a year for one vehicle.(5) In the UK it is estimated that reduction of idling ‘could save businesses as much as £3.3 billion per year in fuel’ (NT 164.88 billion as of January 2014).(14) ‘Letting an engine idle actually does more damage to the engine than starting and stopping. Running an engine at low speed (idling) causes twice the wear on internal parts compared to driving at regular speeds, which can increase maintenance costs and shorten the life of the engine.’(15)

Save the Earth. The key is in your hands.

Information sources

(1) Environmental Protection Agency in Taiwan. (2010). Control of mobile sources of air pollution (移動污染源管制). Retrieved 01/02/2014 from: http://www.epa.gov.tw/en/epashow.aspx?list=99&path=128&guid=8d668c67-e27f-4a96-ac41-323149899ff2&lang=en-us

(2) John Wargo, Ph.D., Linda Wargo, MES., Nancy Alderman, MES. (2006). (The Harmful Effects of Vehicle Exhaust. A Case for Policy Change.Environment & Human Health, Inc. Retrieved January 2014 from: http://www.ehhi.org/reports/exhaust/exhaust06.pdf (www.ehhi.org)

(3) Krzyzanowski, M., Kuna-Dibbert, B., & Schneider, J. (2005). Health effects of transport-related air pollution. WHO Europe. Retrieved January 2014 from: http://www.euro.who.int/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/74715/E86650.pdf

(4) Clean Air Network Briefing Paper on the Motor Vehicle Idling (FIXED PENALTY) Bill. (n.d.). Hong Kong Clean Air Network. Retrieved March 22, 2014, from http://www.hongkongcan.org/doclib/Briefing%20Paper%20on%20Motor%20Vehicle%20Idling%20(English).pdf

(5) Environmental Defense Fund. Attention drivers! Turn off your idling engines. Retrieved January 2014 from: http://www.edf.org/transportation/reports/idling

(6) Vasic, AM,& Weilenmann, M. (2005) Comparison of Real-World Emissions from Two-Wheelers and Passenger Cars. Environmental Science and Technology, 40 (1), 149–154. Retrieved January 2014 from: http://www.researchgate.net/publication/7340852_Comparison_of_real-world_emissions_from_two-wheelers_and_passenger_cars

(7) Kleinman, MT. (2000). The Health Effects Of Air Pollution On Children.
South Coast Air Quality Management District. Retrieved January 2014 from: http://www.aqmd.gov/forstudents/health_effects_on_children.html

(8) United States Environmental Protection Agency. Idle Free Schools. Retrieved January 2014 from: http://www2.epa.gov/region8/idle-free-schools

(9) Government of Canada. Natural Resources Canada. (2013). Emission impacts resulting from vehicle idling. Retrieved January 2014 from: http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/node/4415

(10) Union of concerned scientists. (2014). 1 gallon of gas = 25 pounds of global warming emissions. Retrieved January 2014 from: http://www.ucsusa.org/clean_vehicles/why-clean-cars/global-warming/

(11) Idle Facts Smog Summit.(n.d.). clean air partnership. Retrieved March 25, 2014, from: http://www.cleanairpartnership.org/idle/idlefree_appendices1to4.pdf

(12) Cornell University. (2001). Researchers Find Everyday Traffic Noise Harms The Health And Well-Being Of Children. ScienceDaily. Retrieved January 2014 from: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/05/010523072445.htm

(13) Ising, H., Dienel, D., Günther, T., & Markert, B. (1980). Health effects of traffic noise. International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, 47(2), 179-190. Retrieved January 2014 from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7440003

(14) Fleet News. (2013). Engine idling costs businesses £3.3 billion in wasted fuel per year. Retrieved January 2014 from: http://www.fleetnews.co.uk/news/2013/8/21/engine-idling-costs-businesses-33-billion-in-wasted-fuel-per-year/48058/

(15) EPA New England. (2002). What You Should Know About Truck Engine Idling. Retrieved January 2014 from: http://www.epa.gov/region1/eco/diesel/pdfs/Diesel_Factsheet_Truck_Idling.pdf

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5 Reasons to STOP idling  (The above text)

5 Reasons to STOP idling (Taiwan version)

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5 Reasons to STOP idling poster (Taiwan version)

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Links to resources and information about engine idling







Around schools: interweaving stop-idling campaigns with children’s education

Click to access Make%20a%20Good%20Choice..Choose%20No%20Idling_Lesson%20PLan.pdf



Stay clean go green turn off your engine

Around the World

http://earthitude.com/  A great up and coming website by my friend Rey.  Collection of resources, and a lot of eye-opening information on green living and saving the Earth.  Take a look!

Hong Kong

Free stickers and posters provided by the HK government: http://www.epd.gov.hk/epd/english/environmentinhk/air/prob_solutions/idling_publicity_materials.html




Stop idling technology:

Really important. Giving truckers a way to enjoy AC plus more without idling: http://www.idleair.com/

Hybrid refuse collection vehicles means HUGE savings in terms of money and people’s health: http://www.govtech.com/technology/Hybrid-Garbage-Miami-Dade-040511.html

The technology we desperately need as long as we keep using petrol vehicles:



The brilliant work in Taipei, Taiwan, by John Fleckenstein, Torch Pratt and others:

A: Video about their project

B: http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/editorials/archives/2011/05/17/2003503424

C: http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/editorials/archives/2011/09/28/2003514359

Government website: http://plan.chepb.gov.tw/idling/promotion.html

News article and video about anti-idling campaign in Taiwan: http://news.pts.org.tw/detail.php?NEENO=256337

Guide to greener driving: http://ecodriving.itri.org.tw/

Not directly about idling or Taiwan, but if you are thinking about buying a scooter (in Taiwan) then first read this:





Stop Engine Idling Pictures + English Text ‘停車熄火’圖像+英文字

Click here for Chinese posters 中文的海報按這裡

Let's clear the air.  Please don't idle.  Cartoon poster.

Let’s clear the air. Please don’t idle.

Let's clear the air English Text 5 copy

Let's clear the air

Let's clear the air 4 Let's clear the air 3

Copyright free Stop Idling picture

Air Quality Campaign Poster (for you to fill in, print, and distribute).

Stop engine idling poster in Taipei

Stop Idling Start Saving

Stop Idling Start Saving UK bus 1

‘Stop Idling Start Saving’ poster for the UK

Stop Idling Start Saving UK 4  Bus

‘Oi Driver! No!’ ‘Stop Idling Start Saving’ poster for the UK and London using Harry Enfield character.

'Stop Idling Start Saving' poster for London

‘Oi London! No!’ ‘Stop Idling Start Saving’ poster for London using Harry Enfield character.

Turn off your engines sticker or poster 2

Turn off your engines sticker or poster

cuando para, apague el motor , cuide el ambiente, su salud y su dinero, stop idling start saving

Spanish: cuando para, apague el motor , cuide el ambiente, su salud y su dinero

Clean air isn't just a pipe dream 'The exhausted man' Petra Rohr-Rouendaal

Stop Engine Idling Pictures + Chinese Text ‘停車熄火’圖像+中文字

‘停車熄火’的圖片 (可免費的印出來分發)


‘停車熄火’+’環保交通’ 貼紙


‘停車熄火’+’環保交通’ 貼紙或海報

'停車熄火'+'環保交通' 貼紙或海報, 台灣市區

‘停車熄火’+’環保交通’ 貼紙或海報, 台灣市區

'停車熄火'+'環保交通' 貼紙或海報, 台北

‘停車熄火’+’環保交通’ 貼紙或海報, 台北

'停車熄火'+'環保交通' 海報, 台北夜店或酒吧可用的.

‘停車熄火’+’環保交通’ 海報, 台北夜店或酒吧可用的.

'停車熄火'+'環保交通' 海報, 避免怠速引擎

‘停車熄火’+’環保交通’ 海報 (長的課文, 沒有麵包車)

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‘停車熄火’+’環保交通’ 貼紙或海報. 可以自己來加文字: 可用自己的學校, 公司, 或城市的名稱. 老師們可以讓學生加文字. 不用版權.


停车清熄火 (简体字)
(Simplified Chinese Text)

停車清熄匙, 達到環保,健康,省錢

停車清熄匙 (香港)
(for Hong Kong)

停車熄火 與 環保交通 漫畫


‘停車熄火’ 漫畫

'停車熄火'+'環保交通' 貼紙或海報  Stop engine idling cartoon

‘停車熄火’ 漫畫

'停車熄火'+'環保交通' 貼紙或海報  Stop engine idling cartoon

‘停車熄火’ 漫畫

停車熄火台灣漫畫 Stop engine idling cartoon

‘停車熄火’ 漫畫 (台灣市區)

'停車熄火'+'環保交通' 貼紙或海報漫畫 (台灣市區) Stop engine idling cartoon

‘停車熄火’ 漫畫 (台灣市區)

停車熄火環保交通漫畫貼紙海報台北 Stop engine idling cartoon Taipei

‘停車熄火’ 漫畫 (台北)

停車熄火環保交通貼紙海報台北 Stop engine idling cartoon

‘停車熄火’ 漫畫, 長的課文 (台北)

'停車熄火'+'環保交通' 貼紙或海報 漫畫  (台北) Stop engine idling cartoon

‘停車熄火’ 漫畫 (台北)

停車熄火漫畫 Stop engine idling cartoon

‘停車熄火’ 漫畫(黑白長的課文)

'停車熄火' 漫畫.  為了保護巴士司機與旅客的健康.  Stop bus engine idling cartoon

‘停車熄火’ 漫畫. 為了保護巴士司機與旅客的健康.

'停車熄火' 漫畫.  為了保護巴士司機與旅客的健康.  Stop bus engine idling cartoon

‘停車熄火’ 漫畫. 為了保護巴士司機與旅客的健康.

'停車熄火' T恤衫, 貼紙, 或海報 Turn off your engines T-Shirt

‘停車熄火’ T恤衫, 貼紙, 或海報

'停車熄火' T恤衫, 貼紙, 或海報 Turn off your engines T-Shirt

‘停車熄火’ T恤衫, 貼紙, 或海報

'停車熄火' T恤衫, 貼紙, 或海報 Turn off your engines T-Shirt

‘停車熄火’ T恤衫, 貼紙, 或海報

'停車熄火'大膽的黑白圖 (可以讓學生添加顏色然後展出)大膽的黑白圖像

‘停車熄火’大膽的黑白圖 (可以讓學生添加顏色然後展出)

'停車熄火' 圖像 (可以讓學生添加顏色然後展出)

‘停車熄火’ 圖像 (可以讓學生添加顏色然後展出)



5 Reasons to STOP idling 

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5 Reasons to STOP idling Chinese text poster 五個不要怠速的理由

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