The City of Boise is expected to adopt a new regulation to discourage drivers of city vehicles from leaving cars and trucks idling.
"It's one small step that will help us reduce the amount of gas we use and help improve the quality of our air," said Adam Park, spokesman for Mayor Dave Bieter.
While the Boise Police Department has the largest number of vehicles in the city fleet, workers in Public Works, Fire, and Planning and Development Services all drive as part of their jobs, landing the city a $1.3 million annual fuel bill, Park said.
The anti-idling regulation, which has built-in exceptions for law enforcement, is part of a larger city plan to make the vehicle fleet more efficient and less polluting. The city has incentives for employees who carpool, ride bikes or take the bus to work. A new fleet manager, who started in January, is tasked with greening the city's vehicle pool. New police cruisers use more efficient fuel.
Bieter has his own anti-idling regulation: the 1969 cruiser he often rides to work is said to tip over if it idles too long.