New Call for Drivers to Turn Engines Off: Support for Businesses

News – Friday, August 7th, 2020

A new London-wide campaign, jointly lead by Camden Council was launched on Monday 3rd August encouraging businesses to tackle air pollution caused by idling engines.

The Idling Action Project, led by Camden Council and City of London Corporation, and supported by the Mayor of London, has been running since 2016. It sees 31 London authorities joining forces in a bid to cut dangerous vehicle emissions.

Councilor Adam Harrison, Cabinet Member for a Sustainable Camden, said:

“During lockdown, lots of people said just how much they enjoyed the quieter, low-traffic streets in London. We should learn from this and go further in protecting people’s health by cutting air pollution. This starts with cutting out avoidable pollution from engine idling. We are therefore calling on businesses to back our #EnginesOff campaign. We would like businesses to make a public pledge to reduce emissions by asking all fleet drivers and employees to avoid engine idling wherever possible.”

The renewed call for action comes amidst emerging evidence that air pollution is linked to poor recovery and higher infection rates of COVID19 due to damage caused to the lungs.

As part of the #enginesoff pledge, Idling Action is offering free driver education including a toolkit of resources to Camden businesses.  The group wants to arm companies with the knowledge of how best to reduce air pollution caused by vehicles to protect the health of drivers and the public.

Idling Action has already been running air pollution anti-idling workshops with 40 schools and speaking with 7,900 drivers to ask them to switch off their engines at regular idling action events throughout the 31 partner boroughs.

To find out more about the #enginesoff Campaign and sign the pledge, as well as learn more about how CCCA are tackling air pollution visit www.idlingaction.london/business and www.camdencca.org/transport-and-air-quality/