No Idling Campaign

Engine off Every Stop

Engine idling (leaving your vehicle engine running while stationary) is a significant source of local air pollution. It contributes to poor air quality, which in turn damages people’s health.

To help improve local air quality, the Council joined the Idling Action London campaign; a London-wide education and behaviour change initiative.

Brent are supporting the Engine Off Every Stop campaign asking all drivers to switch off their engine when parked up, wherever possible. This project is being funded by the Mayor's Air Quality Fund and is jointly led by City of London Corporation and the London Borough of Camden.

In addition, Brent has taken the #EnginesOff pledge and is committed to avoiding engine idling throughout its operations wherever possible.

Join us

When your vehicle is parked up and stationary please switch off your engine to help improve local air quality and clean up our air. Together, we can make a real difference and improve the quality of air we all breathe.

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What is engine idling? 

Idling is when a vehicle’s engine is left running while stationary for a period of time longer than 30 seconds. This is a significant source of local air pollution.

Why is it important to tackle engine idling?

Idling increases the amount of exhaust fumes in the air, making local air pollution worse.

These fumes are bad for the environment and bad for our health. Ultimately, poor air quality increases the risk of a whole range of health conditions including asthma, lung diseases, allergies, heart disease and cancer.

What are Brent doing to tackle engine idling?

Installing Signage

No-idling signs have been installed outside all schools in the borough, as well as at other hotspots, to act as a visual reminder for residents to switch off. These areas have been chosen either due to it being a known idling hotspot or due to complaints received about vehicles idling in that area.

Idling Action Programme

Brent is part of a pan-London idling action campaign, with further information available on the Idling Action London website.

Idling action engagement events are held across the borough, including at schools during the school run.

Teams of local volunteers – concerned citizens, local businesses, employees and council staff – can take part in the events and help raise awareness of the issue with motorists and pedestrians. 

If you’d like to volunteer at an idling action event

Please email ens.monitoring@brent.gov.uk to register your interest to become an Air Quality Champion.

Can I be fined for idling my vehicle engine?

Yes. As well as vehicle idling creating unnecessary pollution, it is also an offence under section 42 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 and the Road Traffic (Vehicle Emissions) (Fixed Penalty) (England) Regulations 2002.

Therefore, if a vehicle driver is found to be parked up and idling unnecessarily, they can be fined £20 if they refuse to turn off their engine on request.

I have noticed an idling vehicle – how can I report this?

You can submit details through the Report Engine Idling form.

We do not have the capacity to visit reports and it is unlikely we would make it in time to speak to the driver. However, by letting us know if there is an area where vehicles are regularly idling we will be able to identify idling hotspots across the borough.

We will use this information to inform where to hold idling action engagement events and where further signage should be installed.

I have a business in Brent – how can I support the Idling Action campaign?

As part of Idling Action campaign, the Idling Action team provides free driver education sessions and a toolkit of resources to businesses. We aim to support businesses in making the #EnginesOff pledge.

The workshops and resources are ideal for any business whose operations involve fleets, professional drivers, or employees who travel by car to work, and want to arm their staff with the knowledge of how to reduce air pollution, protect their health and also save on fuel costs. 

How can schools get involved with the Idling Action campaign?

Improving air quality around Brent’s schools is a priority as children are particularly vulnerable to the health impacts of air pollution. The emissions that come from vehicle exhausts are harmful for everyone, but children are particularly vulnerable to this.

Free online or in-person workshops and toolkit can be provided for schools as part of the Idling Action campaign

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Download the No Idling Toolkit for schools. The toolkit also provides top tips on how to set up a “No Idling” campaign at your school.

Please support schools and turn off your car while waiting to drop off or pick up students.