If you see a parked truck or bus running its engine, report it!
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How to Use
1. Go to idlefreephilly.org (Or Call 877.853.1552)
2. Click on the map where you see idling and report the problem.
3. Air Management Services and the Clean Air Council will receive emails and can respond to the issue. The City of Philadelphia’s clean air agency can issue a ticket if enough information is provided, and the Clean Air Council will work with communities to address idling hot spots to develop the most effective means of addressing the problem.
IdleFreePhilly.org is a web-based tool using the free software SeeClickFix, a powerful community mapping platform that allows residents to report problems in their neighborhoods to city officials.
Philadelphia does not meet federal air quality standards, in large part due to emissions generated from motor vehicles, especially trucks. When cars and trucks leave their engines running, they are not only wasting fuel, but releasing harmful particles and greenhouse gasses into the air.
Trucks can employ a number of technologies to reduce the harmful emissions, but reducing idling time is the easiest and most cost-effective approach. Idling is against the law. Both city and state regulations prohibit idling for more than 5 minutes.
Air pollution contributes to asthma and other illnesses, and these illnesses tend to disproportionately affect low-income neighborhoods. For example, in a high-traffic area in North Philadelphia, 25% of the children have been diagnosed with asthma. IdleFreePhilly gives local communities the power to quicly and easily report illegal idling to city officials, and allows neighbors to work together to identify locations where idling is a recurring problem.
Idlefreephilly.org needs YOU to be effective. Community members drive this effort, and the power to clean up our air rests in our hands.
All issues reported on IdleFreePhilly.org are viewable to the world and can be commented on by anyone.
You can help by:
- Reporting idling every time you see it, logging as much information as possible.
- Encouraging your neighbors and friends to click on the ticket you reported and click “I want this fixed too” to let us know that it is an idling hot-spot.
- Spreading the word to your friends and neighbors. For outreach materials like posters, cards, and stickers, please email email@example.com or download them from our Toolkit
- Volunteering with the Clean Air Council’s Idle Free Philly efforts. For information on other ways to be involved email firstname.lastname@example.org
For Immediate Release
October 13, 2009
Contact: Katie Edwards
(215) 567-4004 ext. 102
Clean Air Council Announces Innovative Tool to Report Idling Trucks and Buses - IdleFreePhilly
Philadelphia, PA – In an effort to reduce the harmful emissions and wasted fuel from idling trucks and buses, Clean Air Council has developed an innovative new tool – IdleFreePhilly - that allows Philadelphians to report when and where they witness illegal idling. By logging on to www.idlefreephilly.org or calling a toll-free number – 1-877-853-1552, residents will be able to help the City of Philadelphia and community leaders take action to target enforcement of the idling law, educate drivers, and promote sustainable practices.
“Philadelphia does not meet federal air quality standards, in large part due to diesel emissions from vehicles, said Joseph Minott, Executive Director of Clean Air Council. “Diesel exhaust is extremely carcinogenic and a major contributor to diseases such as asthma. Idling reduction is critical to improving the quality of the air we breathe.”
“Because stationary sources are already heavily regulated, we need to turn to mobile sources to achieve additional reductions,” said Nan Feyler, Chief of Staff, Philadelphia Department of Public Health.
IdleFreePhilly streamlines the reporting process, identifying idling hotspots and collecting valuable data that can be used to target enforcement and provide education to drivers. IdleFreePhilly also facilitates collaboration between residents, businesses, and environment and public health agencies and helps communities to take responsibility for improving their neighborhoods.
“IdleFreePhilly.org makes the entire city our partner to encourage parked trucks and buses to turn off their engines,” said Donald Shanis, Deputy Executive Director of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission.
IdleFreePhilly.org is built on the SeeClickFix platform, a software tool that allows residents to report non-emergency problems by clicking on the interactive map on the website or by calling 877-853-1552. Philadelphia Air Management Services, Clean Air Council and any other interested parties are automatically emailed when someone reports an idling vehicle.
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Philly Weekly: Please Turn Off Your Car Before You Rob That Bank
By Randy LoBasso | 8.APR.10
Remember that Super Bowl commercial with the Green Police that got the right wing all up in arms, saying, “This could happen for reelzz”? Well, welcome to IdleFreePhilly.
Glad you asked. IdleFreePhilly is an organization that seeks to make people aware of idling laws by way of a “web-based tool using the free software SeeClickFix, a powerful community-mapping platform that allows residents to report problems in their neighborhoods to city officials.” And, as it turns out, April 2010 is IdleFreePhilly Month.
WEEKLY PRESS: City of Philadelphia Proclaims April, 2010 IdleFreePhilly Month - Philadelphians Called Upon to Assist the City as it Expands Enforcement of Anti-Idling LawsBy Haywood Brewster | 07.APR.10
In an effort to reduce the harmful emissions from idling trucks and buses the City of Philadelphia proclaims April, 2010 to be IdleFreePhilly Month. Citizens are asked to report trucks and buses they witness idling for more than five minutes to Clean Air Council's www.idlefreephilly.org website. In the proclamation, which was signed April 1, 2010, Mayor Michael A. Nutter urges "all citizens to learn more about anti-idling in Philadelphia as well as the entire state of Pennsylvania to increase awareness among friends, neighbors and family members."
KYW : April is Idle Free Philly Month
by KYW's John Ostapkovich | 06. APR.10
The City is trying to draw attention to the fact that it's illegal for truck and buses to idle for more than 5 minutes.
April is IdleFreePhilly Month and Kate Zaidan of the Clean Air Council says many people just don't know about the month, or not idling:
City unveils hotline to report idling trucks, buses
By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer | 14.OCT.09
In a city that has trouble getting residents to rat on criminals, officials now want Philadelphians to tattle on a new kind of miscreant: truckers and bus drivers who leave their engines idling, spewing pollutants into the air.
Idle Free Philly, helping you breathe easier
Philadelphia is a hard place to live if you have asthma. That’s why Next Great City recommended that the city install modern pollution-control devices on older city vehicles. We are pleased that the city has made significant strides in implementing this recommendation.