Started 2 petitions
Regulate Idling of ALL Vehicles in California
NOTE: This petition seeks signatures from California residents only. The State of California regulates the idling of vehicles 10,000 lbs. or greater (medium- and heavy-duty commercial diesel trucks, buses and school buses). But the state known to have the most stringent regulations on vehicle emissions in the U.S. does NOT regulate the idling of 24 million vehicles weighing less than 10,000 lbs. including passenger vehicles like sedans, SUVs, pickup trucks, and cargo vans. Overall, these mostly light-duty vehicles are much cleaner and emit less toxins than decades ago. But even the latest internal combustion engine vehicles emit more pollution when they are idling as opposed to traveling, such as in these typical situations: unnecessary excessive stationary warm-ups where the tailpipe toxin reducing catalytic converter does not begin to function until the vehicle is driven; “smartphone” idling; a caravan of vehicles causing idling “hot spots” while waiting during school dismissal periods and at drive-thrus. And no matter how clean these vehicles are, they still emit 20 lbs. of CO2 for every gallon of fuel burned. In fact, it is estimated these light-duty vehicles emit 1.5 million tons of CO2 while burning 150 million gallons of fuel in California annually IDLING JUST WHEN PARKED - a harmful, wasteful and largely unnecessary practice. California is a national leader in the push for a clean transportation future. But when it comes to limiting vehicle idling, they TRAIL seven other U.S. states with all motor vehicle regulations/laws: Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Vermont, plus the District of Columbia. Reducing this unnecessary idling when parked is a low-hanging fruit solution to reduce emissions in the state, especially when the California Air Resources Board has recently acknowledged that transportation emissions have actually increased in 2018. Certain California state legislators have expressed an interest in this issue and, based on feedback from Californians, may move forward with a solution such as working with the California Air Resources Board or sponsoring legislation. We are building a network of organizations and passionate anti-idling individuals in California to get an idling regulation for ALL vehicles statewide. And we will demand educational mandates along with it to help raise awareness with California motorists of the benefits in avoiding excessive idling when parked: CO2 emissions reductions, improved air quality, energy conservation and saving money. Californians: PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION!
Regulate vehicle idling at schools in California
SCHOOLS ARE NOT DRIVE-THRUS! California does not regulate the idling of vehicles 10,000 lbs. or less which includes light-duty vehicles such as passenger cars, SUVs, vans and pickup trucks. This means motorists at school dismissal can let their engines run while waiting for students. A line up of mostly idling vehicles is known as caravan idling -- just like drive-thrus -- which creates idling "hot spots" near school entrances. The result is needless CO2 emissions, wasted energy, and most importantly an adverse impact on air quality in the vicinity impacting people, especially students. The EPA states: "Idling vehicles contribute to air pollution and emit air toxins, which are pollutants known or suspected to cause cancer or other serious health effects. Monitoring at schools has shown elevated levels of benzene, formaldehyde, acetaldehyde and other air toxics during the afternoon hour coinciding with parents picking up their children. Children’s lungs are still developing, and when they are exposed to elevated levels of these pollutants, children have an increased risk of developing asthma, respiratory problems and other adverse health effects. Limiting a vehicle’s idling time can dramatically reduce these pollutants and children’s exposure to them." California recognized this issue in 2016 when the state legislature adopted ACR-160. This resolution addresses the issue of vehicular air pollution, specifically motor vehicle idling and children. It encourages motorists to not idle their motor vehicles near places where children congregate. Unfortunately resolutions are non-binding; they are not enforceable. NOTE: This petition is intended for California residents only. This petition calls for the regulation of the idling of vehicles 10,000 lbs. or less on school property or where children congregate. In the interest of student health, the California Department of Education can be expected to disseminate this regulation in the greater school community. This petition will be submitted for California's next legislative session to California Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), representing California’s 66th Assembly District, located in the South Bay of Los Angeles County. Muratsuchi currently serves as Acting Chairman of the Natural Resources Committee. He is a champion of the environment, including clean transportation. LANGUAGE OF PROPOSED REGULATION: http://idlefreecalifornia.org/pdf/Regulation_Idling_LDVs_Schools_CA_PROPOSED.pdf