Idling car engines

Please don’t add to air pollution by keeping your engine idling unnecessarily whilst waiting for your children.

More information available from RAC and also RAC 7. Reduce idle time. “We welcome the principle of no-idling zones, especially outside schools, hospitals and care homes.”

Ella Adoo-Kissi-Debrah: Air pollution a factor in girl’s death, inquest finds.”
Delivering a narrative verdict, Mr Barlow said levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) near Ella’s home exceeded World Health Organization and European Union guidelines.

He added: “There was a recognised failure to reduce the levels of nitrogen dioxide, which possibly contributed to her death.

“There was also a lack of information given to Ella’s mother that possibly contributed to her death.”

Giving his conclusion over almost an hour, the coroner said: “I will conclude that Ella died of asthma, contributed to by exposure to excessive air pollution.”

Mitigating Exposure to Traffic Pollution In and Around Schools: Guidance for Children, Schools and Local Communities.

“The use of cars to take and collect children to and from school intensifies pollution hotspots in and around school premises. In England, car use for school journeys has doubled over the past two decades, and as many as 1 in 4 cars on the road at morning peak times are taking children to school. Child exposure may be unnecessarily increased by engine idling (stationary vehicles with engines running) and vehicle acceleration-deceleration, both in and near school premises, during drop-off/pick-up hours.”