Idling Action St Albans is a campaign that encourages local drivers to switch off their engines when stationary for longer than a minute. Let’s work together for cleaner air!
Running your engine when you’re not driving it (idling) truly gets you nowhere. It reduces your vehicle’s fuel economy, costs you money and creates pollution which is harmful to health.
What is the problem?
The problem is that stationary cars release up to 20 times more exhaust emissions than when the car is moving at 30 mph. These pollutants have detrimental effects on human health and contribute to respiratory illness, cancer and premature deaths. Children and the elderly are especially vulnerable.
It is estimated that poor air quality leads to 40,000 premature deaths each year in the UK. Compare this to the 1,713 deaths from road traffic accidents and we can see that this is a significant problem. People can be affected by poor air quality even if they never experience any noticeable pollution related-health effects such as breathing problems because some of the effects are chronic and long-term.
We are working with schools, community groups, residents, public transport providers and businesses to raise awareness of the health, environmental and financial impacts of idling and encourage drivers to switch off when they can.
Idling Action Champions
Our Idling Action Champions volunteer their time to spread the word about our Idling Action St. Albans campaign and encourage drivers to stop idling their engines when stationary.
The volunteers been out and about talking to:
- children and parents at five local schools, doing assemblies, helping in lessons, and at drop-off
- drivers and taxis at St. Albans City Station
- visitors and residents at St Albans market
Would you like to help spread the word about engine idling? You only need to donate an occasional hour or your time. To find out more or to register your interest for the next training session or engagement session please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We can also provide information leaflets, posters and stickers for you to use. Please request them by emailing email@example.com
The electronic versions can be downloaded below.
St Albans District Council website page on Idling Action
Clean Air Day website page – for more resources