Bringing a vehicle on site? Please don’t idle!Kate
Idling is the act of leaving a vehicle’s engine running while it is stationary.
We know that idling increases the amount of exhaust fumes in the air. These fumes contain a number of harmful gasses including Carbon dioxide, Nitrogen dioxide, Carbon monoxide as well as Hydrocarbons. The microscopic pollutants emitted can result in a range of health problems including cancer, decreased lung function, aggravated asthma and even premature death.
As part of our efforts to both protect our young people, and indeed all of us, as well as to mitigate climate change, St John’s is a ‘No Idling’ school. Our No Idling school rules are:
- Vehicle should be moving whenever the engine is on.
- Engines should be turned off quickly after arriving at loading or unloading areas.
- Vehicles should not be restarted until they are ready to depart.
This applies to all vehicles, including cars, taxis, minibuses and buses.
Dispelling some myths:
Restarting your car does not burn more fuel than leaving it idling.
Research carried out by Transport and Transport research Ltd tells us that any time a bus would be stopped for 10 seconds or more then the recommendation is to turn off the engine.
Signs are being put up on the school site to remind all visitors. Please respect our students and staff and avoid idling.