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Sefton Council launches ant-idling campaign

Sefton Council is encouraging residents to stop idling their car engines when out and about in the borough with its new anti-idling campaign launched today in celebration of World Environment Day (June 5).

This comes as the council continues to promote clean air initiatives to protect the health and wellbeing of residents and improve the quality of air in Sefton.

Car idling is an unnecessary cause of air pollution and releases harmful gases into the air that can have a negative impact on health and can cause serious consequences for vulnerable people living with lung conditions such as asthma.

The campaign will focus on hotspot areas such as schools where car idling is common and will also target taxi and bus drivers who often leave car engines running while waiting for passengers.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing said: “An idling engine can release as much pollution into the air as a moving one. Air pollution is a major threat to public health and by turning off your car engine while waiting in your car you can help make a big difference to the quality of air in Sefton.

“This campaign will help to raise awareness of this issue and encourage residents to make a positive behaviour change that will improve the environment and even save them money in the long run.”

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulation and Compliance added: “Car idling is a particular problem around schools as parents pick their children up and drop them off. This is not only a waste of fuel but also threatens the health of the children who use the roads to get to school.

“I urge parents and other idling-offenders like taxi and bus drivers to switch their engines off the next time they’re waiting for their passenger and make a difference to air quality in Sefton.”