Engine Off North Texas

Engine Off North Texas is a regional initiative dedicated to reducing the impacts associated with the idling of vehicles. Efforts are focused on expanding the adoption of anti-idling ordinances and policies, researching new technologies, and promoting various idle reduction campaigns across the region.

What is Idling?

Idling is running a vehicle engine when it’s not moving.   While some idling is hard to avoid, most idling is wasteful and avoidable.

Idling uses more fuel than does restarting your car.

Unless you’re driving a clunker, your vehicle will restart.

You will not wear out the starter.

Idling a car wastes about 0.3 gal/hr and a big truck about 1 gal/hr.

Each gallon of fuel burned emits about 20 lbs. of carbon dioxide.

In some locations, idling is illegal and can result in substantial fines.

A study was conducted by the Argonne National Laboratory that compared idling versus stop and restart.  The results of the study showed that idling for more than 10 seconds used more fuel and emits more CO2 than engine restarting!
 
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality's Idling Limitation Rule restricts idling in Texas for all vehicles that do not meet an exception.  Several cities and counties in the north central Texas region have also adopted anti-idling ordinances and policies which means getting caught idling could lead to a citation.

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What can everyone do?





By being aware and reducing your own idling, you're already improving your community's air quality while setting a great example for others.  To recieve idling information straight into your inbox, sign up for our email updates. 

You can also report unauthorized idling vehicles which a letter will be mailed to the registered owner of the idling vehicle stating that his/her vehicle was anonymously reported for idling, and information on local idling rules, benefits of not idling. In addition, the information reported may also be shared with local law enforcement agencies to inform them of possible areas of frequent idling occurrences.

Take our survery and give us feedback on NCTCOG Idle Reduction Strategies for us to better serve our region. 



 

What can freight do?







Reducing your idling time isn't just the green thing to do, it also saves you some green!  There are several ways to reduce your idling like adding on EPA SmartWay Verified Technology or tweaking your driving behavior. 

TCEQ's Idling Limitation Rule restricts idling in Texas for all vehicles that do not meet an exception.  Several cities and counties in the north central Texas region have also adopted anti-idling ordinances and policies which means getting caught idling could lead to a citation.





 

What can local government do






 

Clean air for our cities and counties not only means people can breathe easier but it can also attract businesses. To ensure we can continue to have clean air for all residents in the future, it's important to consider implementing anti-idling ordinances and policies in your city and/or county.  

Throughout North Central Texas, civic leaders and local officials have been teaming up to reduce idling of vehicles as part of a state-wide initiative to reduce ozone-forming emissions and to protect public health. 

Turn it Off! Clean Air for North Central Texas from NCTCOG Transportation on Vimeo.

Everyone

Freight

Government

Report an Idling Vehicle Idling Reduction Technology Local Government Guide [pdf 994 kb]
Spread Awareness (Request Brochures, Posters, and Street Signs) Idle Reduction Strategies for Truck Drivers Enforce Anti-Idling Ordinances and Policies
Give us feedback on our idling reduction strategies Adopt a Clean Fleet Policy Adopt a No Idling School Zone Policy [coming soon]
Sign up for email updates
 
SMARTE Program
Idling Reduction for Personal Vehicles EPA SmartWay Partnerships  
Stop and Restart Effects on Modern Vehicle Starting System Components Pledge to Reduce Idling [word 27 kB]  
Idling Tip Sheet    


Staff Contacts:
Jason Brown
Huong Duong