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New Statewide Equipment Anti-Idling Policy Saves Funds, Fuel and Benefits the Environment


(JUNEAU, Alaska) Nationwide, heavy-duty diesel vehicles use over 1 billion gallons of fuel per year idling. A review of Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities’ (DOT&PF) equipment fleet indicates the department can reduce existing idle time. A typical dump truck burns approximately one gallon of diesel fuel each hour spent idling. It all adds up to real dollars going out the tailpipe!

Excessive idling of vehicles contributes to poor air quality, and is harmful to the engines. “DOT&PF has a responsibility to the people of the State of Alaska to operate equipment in an economically and environmentally sound manner,” said DOT&PF Commissioner Marc Luiken, “saving state funds as well as benefitting the environment.”

As of November 1, 2011, DOT&PF has mandated that all 8-yard dump trucks and tractors with programmable on-board computers be set to a 10-minute idle time. It is now department policy to minimize idle time on all vehicles to the minimum required to safely and efficiently perform the required duties. “This mandate is estimated to save over $959,000 in a single year on a single class of equipment,” said Mike Coffey, State Maintenance and Operations Chief. 

“There are a few exceptions to this policy,” said Coffey, “such as during emergencies or airport ground support, but we anticipate that the installation of computerized timers on light duty equipment along with operator awareness, will allow DOT&PF to redirect these savings into additional maintenance and operation services to the public.”

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 254 airports, 11 ferries serving 33 communities, 5,700 miles of highway and 660 public facilities throughout the state of Alaska. The mission of ADOT&PF is to “Get Alaska Moving through service and infrastructure.”

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