West Suffolk Council launch crackdown on parents idling outside schools
Parents are harming their children’s health every day on school runs, a campaign has warned.
West Suffolk Council has this week launched a crackdown on idling and is asking motorists to switch their engines off as they wait outside schools.
Councillor Andy Drummond said: "Every day thousands of parents collect children from school, but their actions while they wait could be poisoning their children with toxic fumes leading to asthma and damaging their lungs.
"That can then impact on their health for the rest of their lives."
One minute leaving the engine running while stationary produces enough toxic emissions to fill the lungs of 60 people. This adds to air pollution which Public Health England say causes 40,000 early deaths every year nationally.
West Suffolk Council has a statutory duty to monitor the air quality across the district and has produced information packs with posters the school can both display and send home to parents.
“Of course, while it would be better if people walked or cycled to school, we have to be pragmatic," councillor Drummond added.
"For some dropping off children at several schools or heading off to work, their reliance on a car is necessary while we are a rural area which means often people may be travelling from further afield to take children to school.
“We believe that education of those people dropping off and collecting their children from schools is key. I’m sure that any parent or grandparent would be horrified to think of the damage and harm that they are potentially causing to their loved ones.”