Poor air quality is a major health concern and harms the environment. The main source of air pollution is road transport.

Engine idling

Leaving your engine running when parked (idling) creates unnecessary pollution. Putting a stop to idling is a simple way we can all help to clean up the air that we breathe.

In Hillingdon, it is an offence to idle your engine unnecessarily when stationary. Drivers who leave their engines running risk being fined up to £100.

You can report engine idling by emailing asbinvestigations@hillingdon.gov.uk

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Engine idling campaign

Across the borough, there is 'No idling' signage outside schools and at idling hotspots. If you or your school would like to find out more about our engine idling campaign or sign up to participate, email stars@hillingdon.gov.uk

Parent Parking Pledge

We also encourage local schools to sign up to our Parent Parking Pledge - a scheme that sees parents sign-up to make a commitment to reduce pollution and improve safety around schools. It includes parents making promises, such as walking to school more and parking away from the school gates.

If your school would like to participate in our Parent Parking Pledge initiative, email stars@hillingdon.gov.uk

Engine Off Every Stop campaign

Idling Action London, supported by the Mayor of London and 31 local authorities, has launched an advertising campaign called Engine Off Every Stop.

Read more about the Engine Off Every Stop campaign 

Air quality management and planning guidance

The council is responsible for developing and implementing air quality management duties. Our duties include the review and monitoring of local air quality, and the establishment of air quality management areas, to meet the national air quality standards.

Find out more on the local air quality management website.

Page last updated: 09 Feb 2023