MIL-OSI United Kingdom: Don’t idle when driving – help keep air in Perth and Kinross clean

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Source: Scotland – City of Perth

It’s a small step to take to help make our air cleaner, and it can also save drivers money. It’s a lot more fuel efficient to switch off than leave your vehicle’s engine idling. 

On Clean Air Day our staff will be out visiting some local school drop-off areas where emissions can be a problem due to engine idling, to speak to drivers about the benefits of switching off – both for air quality and their bank balance.

Our Parking Attendants regularly speak to motorists who are stationary with their engines running and ask them to switch off. As a last resort, they can issue £20 Fixed Penalty Notices if drivers fail to do so, in lie with national clean air legislation.

Leaving an engine running in a stationary vehicle for more than 10 seconds uses more fuel and produces more CO2 emissions than it would if the engine was switched off and then restarted. Over 50% of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in Perth and Kinross come from transport – polluting our environment and affecting people’s health.

So remember, when you’re stationary in your vehicle switch off the engine and help to clean up our local environment.

More information on why you should switch off your engine when you are stopped in your vehicle is available here:

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