Idle-Free Oakland was started by a local artist/writer and citizen activist who declared her gas-burning car a Homemade Hybrid in 2007 after learning about Canada’s 10-second rule* and kicking the idling habit. Since then, she has watched Idle-Free campaigns blossom in cities, states, and countries around the world. That same year, Oakland became the first U.S. city to develop an Oil-Independence Roadmap.
In Europe, the recommended guidelines for turning engines off are 10 seconds in Italy and France, 20 seconds in Austria, 40 seconds in Germany and 60 seconds in the Netherlands. In the United States the Environmental Protection Agency’s Smartway and DriveWise programs recommend turning the engine off if you’re stopped for more than 30 seconds.
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*note: Canada has since changed this rule to 60 seconds, presumably under pressure from the tar sands oil industry.