Bradford Council will be working with local communities to develop a no idling campaign for schools across the District, helping to improve air quality around local schools.

Air pollution is linked to over 200 early deaths a year across the Bradford District and can cause asthma, heart disease, lung cancer, stroke and other respiratory diseases.

Idling – or leaving vehicle engines running while stationary – emits harmful substances into the air and contributes to local air pollution levels. Children are particularly vulnerable to the impact of air pollution as their lungs are still developing.

Councillor Sarah Ferriby, portfolio holder for Healthy People and Places, said:
“Exposure to high levels of air pollution can have a real impact on children’s health- including making conditions such as asthma worse.”

“Every child matters in the Bradford District and we need to take action to improve the quality of the air our children breathe so they can lead a happier and healthier life now and in the future.”

“We know that the most effective No Idling campaigns are done in partnership with schools and community groups, so we’ll be working with them over the summer to develop a campaign in time for the new school year.”

Action to prevent idling can be an effective way to reduce harmful air pollution in areas of traffic congestion – such as during school drop off and pick up times.

The campaign, which will be launched in September, will help raise awareness of the harmful impact of idling on children’s health, as well as encouraging parents, carers, guardians and those that stop their vehicles outside of schools to turn off their car engines.

Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, portfolio holder for Regeneration, Planning and Transport said:
“Switching off your car’s engine when it’s stopped is a simple change that anyone can do to help improve air quality around schools and we hope that this campaign will inspire as many people as possible to make this change.”

Bradford Council is working closely with the Government’s Joint Air Quality Unit (JAQU) to develop a plan which assesses a range of interventions to outline the preferred option for achieving compliance with the EU limit value nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in the shortest possible timeframe