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DOT&PF aims to reduce equipment idling.

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities has implemented a policy to reduce vehicle idling for its equipment fleet, in an effort to save funds and improve air quality. Long periods of heavy-vehicle idling contribute to poor air quality and can be harmful to engines, DOT&PF officials said. As of Nov. 1, 2011, DOT&PF mandated that all 8-yard dump trucks and tractors with programmable on-board computers be set to a 10-minute idle time. It is now department policy to minimize idle time on all vehicles to the minimum required to safely and efficiently perform the required duties.

"This mandate is estimated to save over $959,000 in a single year on a single class of equipment," said Mike Coffey, state maintenance and operations chief.

Exceptions to the policy include emergencies or airport ground support, Coffey said.

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Title Annotation:INSIDE ALASKA BUSINESS; Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities
Comment:DOT&PF aims to reduce equipment idling.(INSIDE ALASKA BUSINESS)(Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities)
Author:Pounds, Nancy
Publication:Alaska Business Monthly
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U9AK
Date:Feb 1, 2012
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