Why focus on municipalities?

Local governments can implement idle reduction ordinances to help improve air quality and residents' health.


Idling unnecessarily contributes to air pollution. Motor vehicles emit as much as 38% of the total air pollutants in Linn County. Ozone and air toxics are also emitted in vehicle exhaust. 


Poor air quality can affect residents' health, especially children, adults over 65, and those with respiratory conditions. In addition, vehicle exhaust contains carcinogens and can increase the risk of cancer. The fine particles in exhaust can lead to heart attacks. To learn more about the negative health effects go here.


Furthermore, municipalities can cut costs by adopting idle reduction measures for vehicle fleets.


What can municipalities do?

  • Adopt an idle reduction ordinance

  • Post "Idle Free Zone" signs

  • Enforce the ordinance in targeted areas, using penalties like fines

  • Educate the public on the importance of idle reduction

  • Work with truck drivers and trucking companies to find ways to reduce truck idling. 

  • For more information, visit these sites.

How Linn County Public Health Can Help...

  • Provide an Idle Free Zone kit, including sample ordinances, letters to employees, fact sheets, metal idle free signs

  • Provide outdoor "Idle Free Zone" signs for pick-up/drop-off locations

  • Offer free technical support

  • Promote the municipality's idle free efforts using press releases, Linn County's Air Quality website and Linn County Public Health's Facebook page.