Clean Air Champions’ successful action day to stop idling motorists in H&F

Volunteer residents have been out in Fulham asking drivers to turn off idling engines in a second action day to combat air pollution.

The ‘Clean Air Champions’ are part of the council administration’s effort to make Hammersmith and Fulham the greenest borough in the country. Residents were out with council officers around Fulham Broadway on Tuesday 8 November, as part of the ‘No Idling’ awareness campaign, getting motorists to pledge to turn off their engines when not moving.

The action day follows last month’s successful event in Hammersmith, with a total of 51 motorists being asked to turn off their engines across the two days. Of those, 37 agreed to switch off and 29 pledged to keep doing so in the future.

“It is great to see the success from these volunteers helping us spread the message that we want to rid our streets of deadly vehicle emissions,” said Cllr Wesley Harcourt, H&F Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport and Residents’ Services.

“Air pollution is a serious health risk in an inner London borough like ours, and it is imperative that those who drive to, or through, our borough help us to keep those emissions to a minimum.

“These action days are another of the proactive and innovative ways we’re exploring to change people’s behaviour and help us become the greenest borough in the country.”

The H&F Council action days are part of a London-wide campaign - organised in conjunction with the Mayor’s Air Quality Fund.

The volunteers speak to motorists and explain how fumes from idling engines affects the health of the local community.

Monthly action days will be happening through to March 2017. Visit the campaign website to find out more.

If you’d like to take part and become a local Clean Air Champion you can fill in this online form.

You can also take part in the Mayor of London’s consultation on making our air cleaner here.

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