Above: Councillor David Harvey with Air Quality Marshals in Marylebone
A total of 34 drivers were approached by Air Quality Marshals and informed of the dangers of air pollution during an hour of anti-idling action in Marylebone.
Councillor David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Environment, Sports and Community, joined the team handing out leaflets and speaking to drivers this morning (31/05/17).
The Anti-Idling Action Day involved teams out on the streets tackling engine idling as part of the drive to cut toxic emissions.
This included official Marylebone Low Emission Neighbourhood (LEN) marshals, Westminster Air Quality marshals, joined by 14 volunteers.
Cllr Harvey said: "It was great to see the good work of our Air Quality Marshals as well as the positive response from drivers.
"By proactively engaging with drivers we can make significant strides towards reducing engine idling, an act that contributes to unnecessary deaths and health problems.
"Air pollution is a number one concern for our residents and Westminster City Council is committed to becoming a greener city and a beacon of how to tackle air pollution."
They visited 39 streets and spoke with the drivers of 14 taxis, 15 cars and six vans.
All of the drivers, except three, turned off their engines. Drivers were handed leaflets about the Marylebone LEN and a number of gifts to make them think twice about engine idling.
Leaving vehicles unnecessarily running has an impact on the environment and people’s health.
By engaging with drivers, we can make them aware that by simply switching off their engine while stationary they can help cut air pollution For more information about the Marylebone LEN visit: marylebonelen.org/