Apr 12, 2018
emilyharrup

Clean Air Day 2018

Clean Air day is coming up on Thursday 21 June. This year CTPC members are planning to focus on #NoIdling – encouraging drivers to switch off their engines when stationary for more than one minute when parked, waiting or loading.

Colchester has four air quality management areas where Nitrogen Dioxide levels exceed the EU legal limit. The main source of the air pollution is from motor vehicles. Air pollution causes 143 early deaths per year in Colchester.

Find out more about air quality in Colchester

Air pollution affects everyone but particularly pregnant women, unborn babies, small children, the elderly and those with heart and respiratory health problems.

You are not safer in the car either. If you are sitting in stationary traffic, the air pollution in your car from the exhaust of the car in front is worse than outside your car.

Find out more about the health impacts of poor air quality

Leaving engines running while stationary is an unnecessary source of air pollution and is a really easy action an individual can take to reduce their own contribution to air pollution.

It is also illegal. Rule 123 of The Highway Code states that drivers must not leave a parked vehicle unattended with the engine running or leave a vehicle engine running unnecessarily while that vehicle is stationary on a public road and Local authorities even have the power to issue fixed penalties.

CTPC members will be looking at No Idling promotions on their own sites and with their own staff and asking staff to help spread the word.

Clean Air Day offers really useful free resources to provide training, guidance and downloadable posters and flyers to support ‘No Idling’ campaigns.

Download a No Idling toolkit

If you are interested in getting involved in helping spread the message about air pollution, it’s impact and how to reduce air pollution, get in touch; or if you are a school, workplace or healthcare provider, Clean Air Day has developed free tailored downloadable action packs.

Find out more about free resources to take part in Clean Air Day 2018

If you want to know more about how you can reduce your own contribution to air pollution, have a look at the Clean Air website.

 

 

 

 

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What’s coming up?

18 April - CTPC members meeting at Culver Square

1 - 31 May - Walking Month

4 - 7 May - Jane's Walk Colchester

21 June - Clean Air Day

27 June - CTPC members meeting at CHUFT

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