Engine idling

Help us reduce engine idling in Trafford

The Council is dedicated to improving air quality across the borough. Dirty air from our vehicles can have an impact on everyone’s health, but one way of making a positive difference is to not leave your car engine idling.

What is engine idling?

Idling is where drivers leave their engine running while their vehicle isn’t moving. Often this is difficult to avoid because your car may be sat in traffic, or at traffic lights. However, you should turn your engine off when you’re waiting for more than a few seconds, for example:

  • When waiting outside a school/business/hospital/bus stop, or other place where you’re picking up or dropping someone off.
  • When waiting at a level crossing.

Reasons to stop idling

  • You’ll make the air healthier – by not idling you’re reducing the pollution caused by car emissions. These pollutants can pose a risk to people’s health, with links to asthma, heart disease, bronchitis and even cancer.  Find out more about making the air we all breathe cleaner at cleanairgm.com
  • You’re helping the environment – switching off your engine prevents carbon dioxide from being released into the air.
  • You’ll save money - idling for just 10 seconds wastes more petrol than restarting the engine.
  • Too much idling can be bad for your engine.

Schools competition

To coincide with Clean Air Day 2019 on Thursday 20 June, we’ve launched a schools poster competition for primary school children.

If you've lost your poster or would like to start again, you can download and print off another copy:

The aim is to get our children interested in air pollution so they will help spread the message that idling your car engine is bad for everyone’s health and the environment.

Some tips to get your poster started.

  • Your design should encourage people to switch off their engines to help reduce air pollution.
  • Think about the positive things that can happen when engine idling is reduced.
  • Why not come up with a slogan for your poster?
  • Talk to your parents, or other adults, about any ideas they have.

The winner will receive a £50 voucher to use in a local bike shop, plus the chance to see their poster produced professionally as a key part of our future green campaign.

The competition closes on 5 July 2019.

Send your entry to:

Schools Banner Competition,
Switch off Your Engine,
Richard Pollitt,
Trafford Town Hall,
M32 0TH

Remember: include your name, age, school, address and telephone number on the back of the poster so we can contact you if you win.

Download our Terms and Conditions for the competition. 

We are excited to see what ideas the children come up with.