Motorists urged to Kick the Habit to improve air quality

Kick the habit poster

Selby District Council are relaunching their district-wide campaign to encourage drivers to ‘Kick the Habit’ and switch off their engines while parked.

The aim of this campaign is to improve air quality within the Selby District area and create a healthier environment by encouraging drivers to ‘kick the habit’ and switch off their engines while parked.

In addition, the campaign will promote and raise awareness of the importance of clean air and the impact pollution has on residents, their health and those around them.

The ‘Kick the Habit’ campaign, which is run annually, will see information shared with pupils, parents, and teachers at schools within our district to provide awareness on air quality and the impacts of vehicle idling. This will help improve air quality and protect public health.

Cllr Tim Grogan, Executive Member for Health and Culture, commented: “This project is a wonderful way to reiterate the message that we all have a significant role to play in improving air quality for ourselves and for those around us. It is important that we look hard at our choices and travel habits and make positive changes to improve air quality around our district. I would urge motorists, when parked, to reflect for a moment and say to themselves ‘By turning off the engine I am making a really positive impact to people’s lives.”

Anti-idling posters and banners are already up in all Council owned car parks and more will be going up across the district. Additional posters will be installed in prominent areas in and around the district, especially around those areas that usually experience queuing traffic and idling hotspots.

The ‘Kick the Habit’ campaign posters will also be made available for local businesses, schools as well as other areas to help tackle the issue. These posters are intended to raise awareness of the issue. To join the campaign and request copies of the posters please email

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