As part of the commitment to improving local air quality, East Renfrewshire Council now has powers to issue fixed penalty notices to drivers who don’t switch off their engines when stationary. Council officers will be carrying out patrols around local schools and speaking to drivers who let their vehicles idle unnecessarily. As well as contributing to cleaners air around schools, this will also contribute towards the ethos of Health Promoting Schools and Eco-Schools.
Air quality within East Renfrewshire is generally good and meets national standards, however, East Renfrewshire Council is always keen to make further improvements. Within East Renfrewshire, road traffic is the main source of air pollutants. Parents and others taking children to and from school can help to reduce children’s exposure to exhaust fumes by leaving the car at home, by parking further away from the school and by turning off their engines when stationary.