PA grants to fund anti-idling law education

March 17, 2009
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has awarded grants to three regional air quality organizations to help the trucking industry comply with the state’s anti-idling law

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has awarded grants to three regional air quality organizations to help the trucking industry comply with the state’s anti-idling law.

The Diesel-Powered Motor Vehicle Idling Act, which took effect on February 6, restricts heavy-duty diesel vehicles from idling more than five minutes in any continuous 60-minute period.

The outreach assistance grants will be used to educate heavy-duty diesel vehicle operators, commercial vehicle location operators, and local officials on the environmental and economic effects of unnecessary idling, and the availability of idling reduction technology.

Meanwhile, through the Small Business Advantage Grant program, DEP has assisted small trucking operations with more than $1 million in matching funds to purchase more than 400 auxiliary power systems.

For information on this program, visit www.depweb.state.pa.us, keyword: SBAdvantage.

Details on the Diesel-Powered Motor Vehicle Idling Act can be found at www.depweb.state.pa.us, keyword: diesel idling.

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