Why Yorkshire parents could be fined for leaving engines running outside school

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Motorists waiting to pick up children outside schools could soon be FINED for leaving their engines running.

Motorists outside 20 schools in Sheffield are set to be fined for leaving engines running, starting when schools go back in September.

Fines could be issued to people idling engines outside schools

Fines could be issued to people idling engines outside schools

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Police posted the warning on their Facebook page but the scheme is being run by Sheffield Council.

Other areas in Yorkshire could well follow suit.

The fines will be brought in at schools where the highest levels of pollution have been found in the air, the council said.

Sheffield Council engineer Chris Galloway said in a report: "In common with many major cities, Sheffield has problems with poor air quality, particularly around major roads.

"Sheffield roads have concentrations of nitrogen dioxide forecast above legal limits.

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"Engine idling is a significant factor to air pollution in some areas of the city such as the taxi rank near the Midland Train Station.

"It is a preventable and unnecessary source of emissions, particularly at locations with sensitive receptors such as children."

Drivers caught will have to pay a £20 fixed penalty notice.