Laredo, Texas is the nation’s largest port of entry, with most trade passing through the city by way of diesel-powered commercial trucks. As more and more diesel trucks cut through the heart of the city, they sit idling in traffic, at warehouses, and even in neighborhoods. Engine idling is a significant source of air pollution and causes wear and tear to the truck's engine.
Over one year, engine idling is equivalent to 322,000 extra km (200,000 miles) of engine wear and adds operational costs of between $4,000 to $7,000 per truck. Reducing the idling of heavy-duty diesel trucks has long been recognized as a low-hanging fruit of fuel efficiency and emissions reduction.
Diesel emissions can be harmful to people, causing cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and exacerbating respiratory conditions such as asthma or emphysema. Reducing air pollution is particularly important in the wake of COVID-19, an infectious disease with respiratory symptoms. For Laredo, the benefits of reducing air pollution cannot be understated, as the percentage of our population lacking health insurance is three times the national average.
The purpose of the Clean Truck Initiative is to provide resources for Laredo’s commercial trucking sector to learn ways that their business can help to clear the air and protect our community’s health and well-being while saving money. Laredo takes great pride in being the largest port and can be a leader in being the cleanest port with careful planning and leadership. Commercial truck drivers are an important piece in this solution and can help to solve air pollution and related climate impacts.
• TRUCK DRIVERS
- Look out for brochures with the Clean Truck Initiative logo at Pilot
and Flying J Travel Center
in Laredo. RGISC is offering IdleAir vouchers of $1 per hour off of IdleAir’s easy-to-use Electric Parking Spaces which provide idle-free HVAC, electricity for in-cab appliances, and more. The vouchers are valid for up to 24 hours of a first time visit along with a free window adapter that is required to use the services.
• INDUSTRY LEADERS
- Please review our Money-Wise Trucking Guide
to learn more about idle-reduction technology and public health impacts of diesel emissions in Laredo. The guide explains Laredo’s place as an industry leader, the importance of reducing diesel emissions in our community, and the cost-effectiveness of several common and cutting-edge idle-reduction technologies. RGISC is looking for commercial partners to join the Clean Truck Initiative. Please fill out our contact form to learn more.
• COMMUNITY MEMBERS - Share our public service announcements below to help raise awareness about the Clean Trucking Initiative.