Our Kick the Habit campaign asks that your turn off your engine when you're waiting. This will help to improve air quality. New signs and posters are going up across the district and we're working on a pilot project with a local school to encourage parents to switch off their engines while they're waiting to collect their child.
A lot of air pollution in cities can come from cars, including taxis. Turning off your engine when parked up and waiting will help to improve air quality.
According to the Defra clean air strategy 2019, over 30,000 deaths a year nationally are linked to air pollution, and children are suffering life-long health problems as a result of poor air quality.
It's particularly important to reduce idling in the following areas:
• outside of schools
• outside of nurseries and preschools
• in residential areas
If driving is essential, remember to turn off your engine when parked up, even if you are going to be waiting in the car.
Whenever you need to wait in a parked or stationary vehicle, remember:
• it's less polluting to turn your engine off and restart it after a minute (or longer) than to leave your engine running
• it can take up to an hour for an engine to cool down; turning off your engine but keeping the ignition on and the fan blowing will provide warm air for some time
• modern batteries need less engine running time to work and don’t need the engine on constantly to keep them charged
We understand that stationary vehicles sometimes need to keep their engines on. Having your engine on whilst driving in a queue of traffic isn't an offence but if you know you're likely to be delayed by more than a minute it's still worth switching your engine off. Level crossings are a particularly good place to switch off your engine whilst waiting in traffic.