Oxford County Introduces Corporate Fleet Idling Policy

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Oxford County Council is looking to save money on fuel reduction and limit fleet green house gas emissions.

OXFORD COUNTY - Oxford County Council introduced the Corporate Fleet Idling Policy.

Deputy Warden, Sandra Talbot says the policy is designed to further reduce green house gas emissions, along with saving money on fuel consumption.

"It's an implementation of proposed corporate fleet idling to fulfill a number of initiatives recommended by the 2016 Green Fleet Plan. It focuses on driver behaviour and employs a number best management operational practices, to reduce and eliminate vehicle idling times. The policy will also further reductions in green house gas emissions and result in additional operational savings related to the fleet's reduced fuel consumption."

Talbot says the amount of fuel consumption and green house gas emissions has reduced in the last three years. She says they only hope to further those reductions.

"Already in three years, the reduction in fuel consumption has been 7% and in green house gas emissions has been 9.1%. So the last results were taken back in 2017 so we hope to further those reductions."

Talbot says some of the practices in the policy include limiting vehicle warm up times to 30 seconds, turning off unattended fleet vehicles, employing block heater provisions and removing ice build-up and snow from storms before the vehicle starts. 

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