We are committed to making this the cleanest, greenest borough in London but we need your help.
From 1 March, people who refuse to turn off their idling engines when asked will be fined.
Idling is where drivers leave their vehicle's engine running while it is stationary. Whilst this can often be the result of traffic there are cases where you should turn your engine off such as:
Car idling produces up to 150 balloons of exhaust emissions per minute containing harmful chemicals like cyanide, Nox and PM2.5 every minute.
Did you know that the Royal College of Physicians say 40,000 deaths a year are linked to air pollution, with car idling being a contributing factor?
Drivers who are caught idling by our civil enforcement officers will be asked to turn off their engines and warned that failing to do so will lead to a fine. if the driver refuses to switch off they will be fined.
The rules are laid out in section 42 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 which enforces rule 123 of the High Way Code.
By turning off your car you can:
There are several ways you can get involved in our campaign.
Thanks to everyone who came down to Richmond Station on 20 June to check out what we had going on for Clean Air Day. Hope you enjoyed the octopus EV, smoothie bike and got loads of handy info from our stand!
Getting our children interested in and knowledgeable about air pollution will help spread the word to parents and other adults that idling their car engines is bad for their health and the environment.
We are running a competition for primary and secondary school students in the borough to raise awareness about the importance of air quality with the opportunity to win £100 voucher to use in a local bike shop.
Primary school children are being asked help design maps describing a 'breathe easy' route to school. These routes could include the best cycle routes, parks and open spaces, public transport, walking, in their community.
We would like secondary school students to create a 30 second video or animation that the Council and local groups, organisations and schools can use on social media regarding car idling, encouraging drivers to turn off their cars.
We are excited to see the creative ideas our children come up with and encourage you to share these with us via our social media channels and email.
Complete our online form to pledge your support for our campaign.
Thank you to all of the businesses who are supporting an idle-free Richmond upon Thames.
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Updated: 23 August 2019