Turn off your engine when stationary!

Together Southampton City Council and the Environment Centre are setting up a citywide behaviour change campaign which is helping to reduce localised air pollution caused by motorists who leave their engines running when parked.

No-Idling Events will be taking place across Southampton in February and March, when Air Quality Champions will work with local authority and project staff to educate both motorists and pedestrians. In pairs we hit the streets to engage with idling drivers and passers-by about the effects of idling on local air quality. Our approach is to invite drivers to join our campaign and switch off their engines when parked. When approached in a friendly and non-judgemental way, we find that over 80% of drivers switch off when asked by our volunteers, and many pledge to give up the idling habit for good.

One of our most important tools is a list of the truth behind leaving your car engine running when stationary – take a look here for some of the most common myths around engine idling.

Whether you’re a concerned local citizen or work at a local business, if you’d like to get involved, we’d like to hear from you. Please check out our volunteer page for more information about volunteering.

If you’d like to know more about the work we’re doing to reduce air pollution in the city, please consider joining the Clean Air Network.