Parents could be fined for leaving engine on outside school

Parents could be fined for leaving engine on outside school

Official health guidance published last week says that parents should be banned from leaving their car running when waiting outside school gates.

The aim is to help protect children from particulate air pollution from exhaust fumes.

Public Health England (PHE) and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) said that bylaws could be introduced as a way to enforce 'no vehicle idling' in specific areas.

Westminster City Council has already introduced £80 fines for drivers caught with their engines idling.

"Air pollution is a major risk to our health, and measures suggested so far have not managed to tackle the problem sufficiently," explained Professor Paul Lincoln, chair of the NICE guideline committee. "This guidance is based upon the best evidence available. It outlines a range of practical steps that Local Authorities can take, such as the implementation of no-idling zones, to reduce emissions and protect the public."

Other recommendations made by PHE and NICE include the introduction of congestion charges and clean air zones that charge or restrict polluting vehicles from entering town centres; training bus drivers in fuel-efficient driving; and making it easier for people to walk and cycle.

The guidance also recommends promoting 'smooth driving' to avoid hard accelerations or decelerations in urban areas, with 20mph speed limits rather than speed bumps which can increase acceleration and braking-related emissions.

And it says that air pollution should be included in local planning decisions. For example, new schools should not be built in areas where pollution levels will be high.

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Posted 03 July 2017 by Jodie Salter

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