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No Idling Zones – Parents to turn engines off outside schools

No Idling Zones – Parents to turn engines off outside schools
30th June 2017 Jo Donnelly
Cars outside school

In a report out today from the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE), it recommends, among other things, ‘No Idling’ to protect vulnerable people from air pollution and all the associated risks that come from it.

It calls for clean air to be as important a goal as clean water is when it comes to protecting health. Air pollution contributes to 29,000 deaths a year in the UK.

In the no idling zones, such as outside schools, parents would have to turn off their engines while waiting to pick up or dropping off their children.

The report makes other recommendations such as:

  • Clean air zones with charges for polluting cars
  • Congestion charges
  • Promoting smooth driving by removing speed bumps and setting more 20mph speed limits
  • Promoting electric cars with more charging points in public places
  • Making it easier for people to walk and cycle

For further information on the complete report and articles click on the links below:

http://indepth.nice.org.uk/no-idle-zones-can-help-protect-vulnerable-people-from-air-pollution-says-nice/index.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-40431351

 

 

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