Anti-Idling Ordinance Resources

Anti Idling Ordinance

Click here for the Anti-Idling Ordinance Overview
Anti-Idle One Page Overview

Click here for the Idling Fact sheet
Anti-Idle Fact Sheet

If you have any questions or feedback on the proposed ordinance, please contact Nicholas Jones via email or (210) 918-1299.

Funding Mechanisms for Idle Reduction

Funding opportunities exist to reduce the amount of idling necessary during normal operation, and several of these programs are listed below.

1) Railroad Commission - Alternative Fuels Clean School Bus Replacement Program

2) Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP) -
TERP is administered by the TCEQ and includes a number of voluntary financial incentive programs to help improve the air quality in Texas. In particular, the Emissions Reduction Incentive Grants (ERIG) Program provides funding for eligible projects in affected counties to offset the incremental costs associated with the activities to reduce NOx emissions from high-emitting mobile sources. For information, visit, call 800-919-TERP (8377), or email.

3) EPA SmartWay Transport Partnership - Innovative Financing SmartWay provides information on several lenders that offer loans to owner-operators and small trucking companies to help pay for technologies that will save fuel while reducing pollution. These loans offer affordable monthly payment plans. The Small Business Administration-Approved Lenders offer affordable monthly principal and interest monthly payments with no collateral required for loans ranging from $5,000 to $25,000. For information, visit

4) National Idling Reduction Network News -
The National Idling Reduction Network brings together trucking and transit companies, railroads, equipment manufacturers, local, State, and federal government agencies (including regulators), and national research laboratories to identify consistent, workable solutions to heavy vehicle idling for the entire United States. In addition, regular newsletters provide information on current local and national funding opportunities that may support idle-reduction technologies. For information visit:

Electrified Truck Stops
The closest electrified truck stop for large heavy-duty vehicles is at:

Flying J Travel Plaza - San Antonio
1815 N Foster Rd
San Antonio, TX 78244

Phone: (210) 666-2266
Directions: I-10, Exit 583
Brand: Shorepower
Number of Bays: 24
Access: Public - see hours
Hours: 24 hours daily
Payment: Gift Card, Discover, VISA, MasterCard

Technology Options

EPA estimates that one heavy-duty truck could save as much as 1,830 gallons of fuel each year simply by eliminating unnecessary idling. With diesel fuel hitting an all time high of $4.80 per gallon in June 2008, and with trends fluctuating around $4.10 per gallon with no significant decrease projected, total savings could add up significantly by simply reducing idling. Fortunately, this sector benefits from a wide variety of technological solutions to aid in accomplishing just that. By utilizing the technologies described below, a driver can enjoy the same amenities with the added benefit of reducing pollution and fuel consumption. These idling alternatives are divided into two categories: on-board and on-site.

On-Board Options On-board options enable a driver to be comfortable in the cab without operating the main engine of the vehicle. These devices are advantageous because they can be used nearly anywhere and do not require new infrastructure. Several types of on-board technology are available:

-Automatic Shut-Down Device: Enables programming of the engine to turn on and off automatically after a predetermined time limit or at a certain temperature setting.

-Auxiliary Power Unit or Generator: A second, smaller engine that provides a power supply for a wide range of driver needs, including climate control and electrical power for computers or other equipment, while allowing the main engine to remain off. Also known as APU.

-Battery-Powered or Alternative-Power Device: Provides stored energy for heating and cooling. It does not produce any emissions and lasts for the duration of the battery charge.

-Fuel-Operated Heater: Commonly known as a bunk heater, it circulates heated coolant to the vehicle’s regular heater system, which allows the sleeper cab to be heated without idling the main engine.

-Thermal Storage System: Also known as an evaporative cooler, it holds energy in cold storage as the truck is driven. When the engine is turned off, it provides air conditioning.

If you have any questions or feedback on the proposed ordinance, please contact Nicholas Jones via email or (210) 918-1299.