While the GUARDIAN takes credit for bringing the issue of idling City cars to the attention of the public–and Boise officials–more than a year ago, Vancouver, B.C. was able to put a stop to wasteful practices without our urging.
A year ago the coppers were full of excuses why they had to waste gas. Monday, the copper’s spokesmouth took the high road and proclaimed the department would endeavor to follow the new ANTI IDLE POLICY we posted last week.
Generally speaking the policy says shut off the engine unless it is needed for emergency lights, etc. It applies to all of the city’s 1,000 plus vehicles and comes from the new motorpool Czar, Craig Croner. He says
the “break even time” for shutdowns is 30 seconds.
Seems like that policy would be good for all of us who use the drive up bank teller windows and dozens of other “stops.” Good on the city for taking the lead in the effort–even if it took a year.
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