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Cornwall Council urges drivers to turn off engines for Clean Air Day

Clean Air Day is about tackling and raising awareness of air pollution. Photo:

Cornwall Council is marking Clean Air Day with events to help reduce engine idling. They are visiting St Austell, Camelford and Launceston.

Volunteers from the town councils will be giving advice to drivers waiting in traffic queues about the benefits of switching off their car engines.

Clean Air Day is about tackling and raising awareness of air pollution.

30%
of pollution can be reduced if drivers switch off their engines when stationary for a minute or more
If drivers switch off their engines when stationary for one minute or more, pollution can be reduced by 20-30%.

The council says there are nine Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs) in Cornwall where traffic related air pollution is higher than the government's recommended level.

An AQMA is an area that has higher levels on nitrogen dioxide gas than they should; vehicles being the main source of the gas.