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Hamilton's Anti-Idling Campaign

Hamilton's Anti-Idling Campaign

By Trey Shaughnessy
Published March 01, 2006

Editorial Cartoon: Hamilton's Anti-Idling Campaign
Editorial Cartoon: Hamilton's Anti-Idling Campaign

Trey lives in Williamsville NY via Hamilton. He is a Marketing Manager for Tourism and Destination Marketing in the Buffalo-Niagara Metro.

His essays have appeared in The Energy Bulletin, Post Carbon Institute, Peak Oil Survival, and Tree Hugger.

And can't wait for the day he stops hearing "on facebook".

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By Thom (anonymous) | Posted March 02, 2006 at 10:40:33

Actually the public education is going forward with modest funding. What's actually being pissed on is a by-law containing money for enforcement which would give the public education some teeth. Maybe you want to edit your cartoon to recognize this. Good point though.

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By me (anonymous) | Posted March 05, 2006 at 10:49:27

No I do not think so. I was there when this issue was first started and at least one councillor actually said she did not know what idling was and wanted to "educate people" and not have a bylaw. As she is parrt of the usual crew of ne'r do wells on Council it is just going as she wanted it to. I will also add since this started I have even caught bylaw officers idling. They are not impressed if you draw attention to it. I have also seen city employees, cops and other government vehicles guilty of the same thing. It is not that people do not know. They do not care. And that can only change if there is a direct consequence.

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By Lou Rosen (anonymous) | Posted March 18, 2006 at 02:07:32

My name is Lou. I work for Eaton and we are developing anti idling solutions for trucks. If anyone is interested, please contact me at lourosen@eaton.com

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By apu"s too expensive (anonymous) | Posted September 04, 2007 at 13:31:25

Im a longhaul truckdriver I own my own truck I looked into anti idling solutions and the prices are incredibly high from 6k to 9k. I think if we are going to realy make a difference we will need an affordable solution.
My truck and I make a lot of money but after fuel,tolls, and taxes there is almost nothing left.

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By Anti Idling Solution (anonymous) | Posted November 26, 2008 at 16:38:45

An Australian company has at last solved the anti idling problem! A new Unit which weighs just 16 kilograms and fits in 2 hours. Perfect sleeper cabin climate control. Affordable. Uses no fuel (battery driven with recharge). Will be adapted for cars later. Enquiries through website - www.koolideas.com.au

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By Semisuite (anonymous) | Posted May 02, 2009 at 08:24:43

As a company driver for a major carrier, I have NO options! I go where THEY say to go, I don't get to pick & choose. I fuel where THEY decide. I can't modify the truck - I can't add an APU if I wanted to. I couldn't afford one anyway.

Targeting the company driver for trying to survive is inhumane. We drivers HAVE nowhere to go to stay warm & safe to sleep. If you think paying for a motel room every night is a reasonable solution, try it yourself, while keeping your family fed. They don't pay us enough to do that.

The Idle-Aire service at the truck stops is nearly as expensive as a motel room, & doesn't even come with a commode & shower!

Some states that have no idling laws in place are charging $25,000 fines and/or jail. This is extreme. The big corporations get "cap & trade", we get jail & a fine that's higher than the price of a new car! What's the difference? The corporations simply MUST produce their widgets & pollution is a necessary evil. We drivers just want to stay alive.

I'm not against clean air! I would totally agree with the no idling laws IF it were aimed at the right target, the trucking COMPANIES who fail to provide a safe environment for their drivers to work & sleep in.

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