New powers to tackle poor air quality, as anti-idling measures come into play


New anti-idling measures has been introduced at the Council as Liberal Democrat Councillors look to strengthen the city’s approach to improving air quality.

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The ‘Kick the Habit’ campaign was launched by Liberal Democrat Executive Member for Economy and Strategic Planning to encourage more people to consider air pollution in the city and improve our local environment.

The campaign, which will support the incoming Clean Air Zone in January 2020, will prompt drivers to switch-off their engines when parked. Authorised council officers will also be able to issue fixed penalty notices of £20 to drivers who refuse to switch off their engines, after being observed idling on the public highway for more than two minutes.

It is estimated that across the UK, there are over 30,000 deaths a year linked to poor air pollution. To support the campaign and help reduce air pollution, support packs are available to download for residents, businesses and schools, including posters and social media messages at: www.york.gov.uk/engineoff.

Cllr Andrew Waller, Liberal Democrat Executive Member for Economic Development and Community Engagement, added:

“The campaign, which will support the incoming Clean Air Zone in January 2020, will prompt drivers to switch-off their engines when parked. Authorised council officers will also be able to issue fixed penalty notices of £20 to drivers who refuse to switch off their engines of parked vehicles, after being observed idling on the public highway for more than two minutes.”

“Cutting out pollution from parked vehicles idling will add to the other improvements being made through electric buses, hybrid taxis, and the Clean Air Zone to improve air quality in the city.”


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