OTTAWA, Ont. – FleetSmart’s third annual Idle Free – Quiet Zone Campaign, designed as an anti-idling awareness program across the country, is slated to kick off Oct. 4 and run until Dec. 10.
This year there will be 82 participants, a notable increase from the 58 last year and the 18 who participated during the first campaign. This year’s program is to be launched at the Husky Truck Stop in Brandon, Man. on Oct. 4 at 5 p.m.
FleetSmart publication materials, such as banners, posters, table top information cards and placemats, will be distributed throughout the participating truck stops and distribution centers.
Drivers who visit participating truck stops can also register for a draw with prizes donated by campaign partners.
During this campaign, National Resources Canada (the government department behind the FleetSmart program) will also be promoting its Commercial Transportation Energy Efficiency Rebate, which began Aug. 12, 2003 and runs to March 31, 2005.
The rebate (on pre-qualified power units) is 20 per cent of the unit cost (excluding installation and taxes) up to a maximum of $350 for cab heaters and $1,400 for auxiliary power units.
The goal of this campaign is to increase awareness of unnecessary idling, promote the use of technology, such as cab heaters or auxiliary power units to provide comfort for drivers while reducing fuel consumption and costs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the local communities across Canada.
Natural Resources Canada spearheads this project through its FleetSmart Program and has various partners including suppliers of in-cab heaters, auxiliary power generators, trucking trade media, software companies and truck driver training programs.
This year’s partners include: Webasto, Espar, Teleflex (Proheat), Rigmaster, Truck News, Truck West and Motortruck and several other publications, as well as ProMiles Canada Inc., and the Canadian Trucking Human Resources Council.
For more information on this campaign please call (613) 995-7436 or visit www.fleetsmart.gc.ca under Quiet Zone Campaign 2004.
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