Put a Stop to Idling Engines

Traffic jam

Stopped for more than a minute?

Don't be an idler, switch off your engine when stationary, loading or waiting at the roadside. Do the right thing, help to make Breckland greener and put a stop to idling engines.

    What is idling?

    Idling is the act of leaving a vehicle's engine running while it is stationary.
    While this is often the result of traffic, there are some instances, such as waiting for children outside of schools and in traffic jams/long traffic pauses, when idling is not necessary and should be avoided.

    Why is idling bad?

    An idling engine increases the amount of exhaust fumes in the air.
    Exhaust emissions contain a range of air pollutants including carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, and particulate matter. These can affect the air quality of the surrounding environment and the air we breathe and are particularly bad for people with asthma, children, the elderly and you.

      Car start/stop buttonWhat can you do?

      • You can do your bit by switching off the engine if it looks like you could be waiting for more than a minute. Modern cars use virtually no extra fuel when they're re-started without pressing the accelerator so you won't waste lots of fuel switching the engine back on.
      • Turn off your engine when stationary, for example - outside a school, shop, at a taxi rank, whilst unloading / loading or when parked outside your house.
      • Avoid idling whilst waiting in car parks, petrol stations, lay-bys and "set down" and "pick up points".

      Running your engine unnecessarily while your vehicle is stationary:

      • Pollutes the environment - turning off and restarting an engine causes less pollution than keeping the engine running
      • Effects health for all - you could help to reduce asthma, heart disease and lung cancer by turning off your engine
      • Costs you money - idling wastes fuel and money and can increase wear and tear on your engine adding to repair bills

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      Last updated: 19/01/2021 12:44:18