Utility Fleet

Fla. City Bans Idling by Utility Vehicles

November 24, 2014

Screenshot of West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio's anti-idling announcement.
Screenshot of West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio's anti-idling announcement.

The City of West Palm Beach, Fla., has implemented a policy banning idling of city utility vehicles for more than five minutes. The new rule covers hundreds of vehicles across the city and is expected to reduce emissions and save money.

Several months of analysis shows the new rule will save tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars. These savings are expected to multiply when the new policy is also extended to other city departments. West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio announced the policy on Nov. 24.

GPS units installed in the vehicles will monitor drivers’ activity, creating a record of how long each vehicle is idling. City utility employees will be given key chains with reminders not to idle their vehicles, stickers will be placed on the vehicles, and idling reports will be created and given to division managers for inspection.

“This is a major step in reducing our city’s impact on the environment, and with the GPS monitoring and reporting, it shows this is more than a just a suggestion," Muoio said. "We are serious about making this city as environmentally responsible as possible.”

The new policy takes effect immediately across the entire utilities department.

Comments

  1. 1. Mike Tubbs [ November 24, 2014 @ 12:10PM ]

    We have been in the process of putting together an Anti-idling program for our county's fleet . As of now, one of our several points of interest has been focusing on developing a policy that would change the drivers habits such as turning the engine off after five minutes of idling, no speeding or rapid acceleration and reducing vehicles weight by removing unnecessary items, & etc. But this policy would rely on each operator, under the honor system, to follow with no real tracking ability. We are very much interested in the GPS units that were spoken about in this story, especially their ability to track and monitor each vehicle, lenght of time idling and provide reports to supervisors.

    I applaud Mayor Muoio and her staff and hope their policy succeeds.

  2. 2. Thi Dao [ November 24, 2014 @ 12:13PM ]

    Hi Mike,

    I'll send your request to the fleet manager so he can provide you with specifics.

  3. 3. Mike Ogden [ November 24, 2014 @ 12:23PM ]

    Most manufactuers have built in Idle shut downs,that can be programmed to turn off the vehicle after a preprogrammed time. Example 3 or 5 minutes. We had done this in illinois to our fleet of school buses but the state put the caboshes to that due to fear of the bus shutting down @ rr crossings?

  4. 4. rob [ November 27, 2014 @ 05:19PM ]

    Check out Synovia. we use them and they are very reasonably priced

  5. 5. Bill Heign [ December 08, 2014 @ 11:18AM ]

    C&I has been a supplier of idle limiting systems for years.. The statement of "shutdown on a RR crossing" has been long ago been proven to be non sense as our system will not shut off unless the truck is in park, or neutral. These systems can be purchased for under $100.00.

 

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