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

Engine idlingEngine idling

In Hillingdon it is an offence to idle your engine unnecessarily when stationary. Drivers who leave their engines running can be fined up to £80.

Some vehicle journeys cannot be helped, but 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.

We are working with the Mayor of London to call on all drivers to switch off their engines when parked for more than five minutes at a time, to help improve local air quality.

'No Idling' signage has been placed outside schools in Hillingdon and at idling hotspots across Hillingdon. We will also be providing participating schools with 'No Idling Zone' banners to put up outside their gates. If you or your school would like to find out more about our engine idling campaign or sign up to participate, please email airquality@hillingdon.gov.uk

Additionally, we are encouraging local schools to sign up to our Parent Parking Pledge, a scheme which 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 the Parent Parking Pledge initiative, email stars@hillingdon.gov.uk

Air quality management and planning guidance

We are 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.

For more information, see the local air quality management website.

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Page last updated: 03 Aug 2020