BRANDON, Man. — Canada’s third annual Idle Free–Quiet Zone campaign kicked off at the Brandon/Husky Car/Truck Stop in Brandon, Man. Oct. 4.
It is slated to continue through Dec. 10.
The campaign, organized by the FleetSmart division of Natural Resources Canada, encourages truckers to reduce idling and greenhouse gas emissions by declaring participating sites Idle Free Zones.
This year 82 sites, including truck stops, dealerships and roadside service centres, are participating.
Conducted regularly in the fall, as outdoor temperatures start to cool and engine idling becomes more prevalent, the idle free campaign is conducted in conjunction with a FleetSmart rebate program, which offer carriers money back on purchases of select cab heaters and auxiliary power units for Class 6, 7 or 8 trucks or buses licensed for commercial service in Canada as of Aug. 12, 2003.
The rebate amounts to $350 maximum for an in-cab heather and $1,400 maximum for an APU. For more information call 1-800-387-2000. A complete list of vendors with eligible heaters or APUs is available at the FleetSmart Web site at www.fleetsmart.gc.ca and click on Consumer Notice under the Rebate for Fuel Efficient Devices heading.
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