Air Quality Considerations

Fleet Management is assisting in Montgomery County’s effort to reduce harmful emissions that contribute to the Washington Metropolitan Region’s serious air quality problem. The Region’s air quality problem primarily results from ground-level ozone, a harmful gas formed when volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) react with sunlight. Much of the Washington area VOCs and NOx comes from vehicle emissions.

Fleet Management purchases environmentally-compliant vehicles and maintains the County’s vehicles, including the buses for the County’s mass transit system, Ride-On, thereby reducing traffic congestion and air pollution. Older, more polluting vehicles are removed from service and sold or shredded and recycled as scrap metal.

Fleet Management’s air quality improvement efforts include: