Reducing Fuel Consumption With Land Mobile Radio

Howard A. Plotkin

DOI: 10.2190/J0UA-P99A-U59F-MBMN


In a variety of situations the substitution of communication for transportation could be made, resulting in a reduction of fuel consumption. This paper examines the fuel savings that can be achieved when mobile radio communication is used to decrease the amount of driving by automobiles and trucks. Although this benefit is as varied as the operations which use radio, the general magnitude of the fuel savings is discussed. An indication of the way one might estimate the savings for a particular operation is provided. Reducing fuel consumption in this manner has a negative aspect which is briefly mentioned. Land mobile radio communication has become highly congested in recent years. Relief of the fuel consumption problem will increase radio congestion.

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