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Impacts of Idling

Vehicle idling has numerous negative consequences including impacts on the environment, public health, and the inefficient use of fuel. 

  •  Air Quality: Emissions during idling contribute to the formation of ozone and particulate matter that are major sources of pollution in Utah.  Idle Free Utah notes that health issues, ranging from asthma and bronchitis to cancer, have been found linked to vehicle emissions.
  • Dollars and Cents: There is a direct financial benefit to those who limit their vehicle idling time. Studies indicate a financial “break-even point” of 10-30 seconds of idling time for balancing the minimal wear-and-tear on engines versus fuel saved from shutting off the vehicle.   
  •  Natural Resources: Vehicle idling wastes an exorbitant amount of finite resources.  The Department of Energy estimates that unnecessary vehicle idling in the U.S. burns up to 2 billion gallons of fuel per year!  Compare this to the upper-bound estimate for oil spilled in the Exxon Valdez disaster: 31.5 million gallons.  Furthermore, the Energy Information Administration estimates that the U.S. relied on net imports for 49% of our petroleum consumed in 2010.
Help us mitigate these negative impacts by being idle-free!

PARK CITY'S IDLING ORDINANCE:  City Council in Park City passed an anti-idling ordinance on December 16th, 2010.  The ordinance prohibits the idling of vehicles within City limits for longer than three minutes, barring some exceptions.  Click here for more information!

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