Reducing pollution from vehicles

What you can do to reduce pollution from vehicles if you are motorist or vehicle operator:

  • Make sure your vehicle is regularly maintained by checking the tuning, emission controls and tyre pressures
  • Don't make any unnecessary journeys, short trips use a lot of fuel, especially if the engine is cold. Walk cycle or use public transport more
  • Drive more slowly.
  • Drive more gently. Hard acceleration and sudden stops increases fuel consumption
  • Switch off the engine if you are stuck in traffic for more than a minute.

Switch off your engine

Transport for London have launched a campaign, 'switch off your engine'. In a bid to reduce harmful emissions, motorists are being encouraged to switch off their engines when parked, loading or waiting at the roadside for more than a minute.

Updated: 1 November 2012