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


Idling Vehicle Emissions


Raising awareness of emissions from idling vehicles as part of National Clean Air Day

Tackling stationary vehicle idling emissions is an improvement measure included in York’s Air Quality Action Plan.

In recent years we have implemented a package of measures aimed at deterring stationary vehicles from idling, including the use of discretionary powers under the Road Traffic Regulations 2002 to issue fixed penalty notices to drivers who refuse to switch off their engines.

Anti-idling signage has been erected in all council owned car parks across the city, at most city centre bus stops, multiple taxi ranks and at other key locations across the city where vehicles have been observed idling.

Kick the Habit Campaign

Kick the Habit anti-idling banner for schools

Example of a ‘Kick the Habit’ banner used in schools across York

A ‘Kick the Habit’ anti-idling awareness-raising campaign was launched in mid-2019, aimed at encouraging people to think about the importance of clean air and the impact that this has on them, their health and those around them.

The campaign is designed to change the way people feel about idling and encourage them to ‘kick the habit’ by highlighting idling as socially unacceptable.

The campaign has received extensive positive media coverage, including features in York Press, The Yorkshire Post, Minster FM, Radio York, That’s York TV and BBC Look North.

Further information about the campaign, along with resources for residents, business and schools can be found on on our Kick the Habit webpage.