A new anti-idling policy has launched in Sheffield, which aims to get parents to switch off their engines as they pick up and drop of children at school.
The policy launched on World Clean Air Day, Thursday 21 June.
Signs are being installed across schools in the city which warn that parents could face fines for leaving their cars running – and choke the environment for others, particularly during pick-up and drop-off times.
Sheffield is one of the first places to introduce the policy outside of London.
It is one of a number of air quality measures set to be announced and consulted on to improve the city’s air quality.
It is likely that the new policy, set to be signed off by Cabinet Member for Transport and Development Jack Scott this month, will be through the issuing of fixed penalty notices.
Enforcement will start when schools return in September this year, with the top 20 schools that are in areas of highest air pollution being targeted.
Sheffield City Council launched a new consultation to tackle poor air quality across the city last year.
A separate green city consultation attracted more than 7,000 replies.
The consultation asked whether the Council should introduce a scheme to enforce drivers that leave their engines running outside schools – the vast majority of people backed the move.
Sheffield City Council’s Air Aware campaign has been saying “Switch off when you drop off” to parents if they take their children to school by car and has given head teachers the opportunity to have a free banner outside their school to really push that message.
The new anti-idling measures are part of a range of actions taken by the council in recent months.