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Putting the brakes on idling for Clean Air Day

News release 8485, published on 18 Jun 2019
Motorists will be asked to move up a gear when it comes to going green on Clean Air Day.

Officers from Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and volunteers from Basingstoke Clean Air Campaign will be hitting the streets on the national awareness day this Thursday (June 20).

The clean air champions will talk to motorists they spot idling their engines outside local schools and at Alencon Link to highlight the negative impact it can have on the environment.

They will be asking drivers seen waiting with their engines running to switch off, and will give out information on how idling contributes to air pollution.

Cabinet Member for Environment and Enforcement Cllr Hayley Eachus said: “Vehicles are the main source of air pollution, so I would encourage everyone to think about how you might be able to use your car less.

“But on those occasions when you need to drive, please think about how you’re driving. Idling contributes to toxic emissions in the air we breathe both inside and outside your car.

“Everyone needs to make small changes which can add up to a big difference.

“By making sure that you switch your engine off if you know you’ll be waiting for more than a minute you’ll be helping to keep our air clean.”

Martin Heath from Basingstoke Clean Air Campaign said “We all need to drive cars but air pollution is an issue that affects us all.

“Driving less, walking more, getting on a bus or a bike all help. Switching off when outside schools is particularly important.

“Our children walk at 'exhaust pipe level' and breathing in toxic fumes harms their developing lungs and brains. It makes sense to switch off when idling.”

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council will also be asking people to make green pledges on Clean Air Day, promising to walk short distances instead of driving, stop idling, drive more efficiently and find an alternative to taking the car for short journeys.

These pledges, from council staff and members of the public, will be shared on the council social media channels with the hashtag #cleanairday.

For more information about the Clean Air Basingstoke and Deane campaign, visit www.basingstoke.gov.uk/clean-air

You can find out more on Basingstoke Clean Air Campaign at https://www.facebook.com/basingstokecleanair or by emailing bstokecleanair@gmail.com.

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