Stop vehicles idling near babies and children

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My baby sister travels with me to nursery every day. Her lungs get filled with nasty gases and tiny bits of bad stuff from the exhaust of idling cars. She’s in a buggy so exposed to 60% more exhaust fumes than an adult. This toxic air may stop her lungs, heart and brain from growing properly and cause damage for life.

The law is supposed to protect babies and children but the law permits drivers to idle vehicles outside nurseries and schools every day and for as long as they like. Only if drivers refuse to switch off their engine if asked by an ‘authorised person’ can a fine be issued. This rarely happens, so the fine isn't a deterrent.

Why are adults allowed to poison babies and children? We know diesel exhaust is carcinogenic and is the cause and trigger for many of the 1.1 million UK children who suffer from asthma. We want a legal limit for how long drivers can idle an engine when parked and an enforcement process and fine that stops this harmful and unnecessary burning of fuel.

Everyone can help to ensure cleaner air for children by saying NO2idling and demanding a new law that is fit for purpose by signing & sharing our petition.  

Here's an example of how a new law could work: Anyone with a smartphone could record vehicle idling, send the video to a government department who would check the details and contact the vehicle owner with a warning and information for first offence or a fine for repeat offences. Awareness then enforcement.

For more information visit: or follow us on YouTube and Twitter @LittleNinjaUK  #NO2idling #SchoolRun

Here are our other campaigns to reduce children's air pollution exposure:

Reduce rush hour air pollution on congested main roads by over 50%

Stop vehicles idling and accelerating next to children waiting at kerbside bus shelters: 

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