The Global Movement Against Emission Pollution
A lot has been said and written about the carbon dioxide emissions being released during idling of car engines. Idling your car burns fuel, releasing gas pollution and hastening your engine’s deterioration. In fact, the “No Idling" campaigns in 13 US states have produced car idling laws.
Switzerland has laws that require motorists to turn off their engines while waiting for the red traffic light to turn green. England and Scotland likewise impose fines for engine idling violations while different countries like Canada, Italy, France, Germany, Holland, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore, regulates different idling time limits. The latter three Asian countries allow three seconds idling time per hour while Holland allows as much as 60 seconds for engines to idle. Taiwan also has banned car idling for more than three minutes at a time.
Yet amidst all these campaigns and regulations, millions of vehicle owners and operators still run their engines while stationary at traffic stops, during short errands, while making deliveries or when dropping off or picking up somebody; all mindless of the gaseous emissions they are contributing to the environment. Actually, most of these people think of the “No Idling" campaign as merely a call for people to reduce fuel consumption and promote energy efficiency while all the rest are general technicalities about gas emissions and air pollution.
Owners of modern vehicles are satisfied with the fact that their vehicles are equipped with catalytic converters. This device took care of air pollution issues of carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide and hydrocarbons by converting them into harmless gases. For them, it is the solution to the Clean Air Act of 1970 which proponents of catalytic converters claim resulted to vehicles that release 96% less carbon monoxide, 98% less hydrocarbons and 90% less oxides of nitrogen compared to old vehicles circa early 1970s. Based on these attained reductions, there is a misconception that idling car pollution is dismissible.