A diesel idle-reduction campaign kicks off July 13 in the metropolitan Washington, D.C.-Baltimore areas.
The effort, launched by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG), in collaboration with the District Department of the Environment (DDOE), the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), aims at decreasing diesel emissions and improving air quality.

The campaign hopes to increase idle-reduction awareness and control diesel emissions, while also promoting idle reduction as a positive behavior. The campaign will also focus on improving public health, protecting the environment, and enhancing the quality of life.

"Turning the engine off when it doesn't need to be on is one of the easiest and most efficient steps bus and truck drivers can take to help improve the region's air quality," said Leta Mach, chair of the Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee. "This simple act will help drivers to avoid costly fines, save money and curb fuel use."

Several trucking associations are actively supporting the campaign, including the American Trucking Associations, Diesel Technology Forum, the Maryland Motor Truck Association, the National Association of Truckstop Operators, the National Private Truck Council, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, the Truckload Carriers Association, and the Virginia Trucking Association.