New idling law to reduce air pollution, climate breakdown & ecological collapse

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We need new idling law prioritising children's health and the health of our planet over the comfort of drivers who repeatedly keep their vehicle engine running when parked. 

A fine for idling can only be issued if a driver refuses to switch off their engine once a council officer has asked them to and waited two minutes (equivalent to 300 balloons filling with harmful chemicals including cyanide). Restarting a vehicle engine produces less emissions than idling for 10 seconds yet drivers caught idling are always given a two minute grace period to switch off or drive away.

Because of this loophole repeat offenders’ idle vehicles outside nurseries, schools, GP surgeries, hospitals and playgrounds every day for as long as they like and never receive a fine. 

My daughter travels with her mother and brother to nursery and every day their lungs get filled with carcinogenic diesel engine exhaust and particulate matter. Being in a buggy means she's closer to the exhaust pipe so exposed to 60% more air pollution than an adult. An idling vehicle produces twice the emissions as a moving vehicle and this toxic air may stop her lungs, heart and brain from growing properly and cause damage for life.

The UK has declared a climate emergency and air pollution is a national health emergency. We need new idling law, a legal limit for how long drivers can idle an engine and enforcement that is fit for purpose. Adults must no longer be allowed to poison children and our planet with this unnecessary burning of fuel.

New idling law would ensure the owner of an idling vehicle is issued one warning with information about air pollution, climate change & the law and if the vehicle is caught idling again the owner would receive an instant and substantial fine. 

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Additional 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: