City of York Council, Eco Depot, Hazel Court, York, YO10 3DS (01904) 551525


Clean Air Day 2020

After a short delay due to lockdown, Clean Air Day is happening on Thursday 8th October.

City of York Council will be promoting its ‘Kick the Habit’ anti-idling campaign in the short stay car parking area of York railway station and encouraging parents to switch off their engines when parked up waiting for children at out of school activities.

Social distancing means that many of us may now be more inclined to wait in our cars whilst collecting loves ones from the station or other activities. As the weather turns colder the temptation may be to wait in the car with the engine running to keep warm, but please don’t.

Poor air quality causes heart and lung diseases. Children are especially vulnerable to the effects. Air pollution has been linked to low birth weights, poor lung development and may even contribute to reduced IQ and mental health issues.

By sitting with your engine running you create a polluted environment for your loved ones to walk into. You may also be breaking the law and causing disturbance to local residents.

Council officers in York are able to issue Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) for idling offences on the public highway.

So next time you’re doing the taxi run remember to wrap up warm, take yourself a hot drink and most importantly switch off your engine whilst waiting.

Clean Air Day (8th October) will give us all the chance to act on air pollution, making UK cities cleaner, healthier and greener for us all – especially children.

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Why not mark Clean Air Day this year by signing up to York’s anti-idling pledge