Motorists will be banned from leaving their engine running outside 20 Sheffield schools to protect children from pollution.
The council is introducing “anti-idling” zones outside the schools as part of its Clean Air Strategy. If enforcement officers catch motorists parked with engines on, they will receive a warning and could be fined.
The schools in the first phase have been chosen because they have the poorest air quality and are:
Lowfield Infant and Juniors
Oasis Don Valley Nursery, Infant and Juniors
Hillsborough Nursery, Infant and Juniors
Tinsley Meadows Nursery, Infant and Juniors
Springfield Nursery, Infant and Juniors
Nether Green Infant and Juniors
Woodseats Nursery, Infant and Juniors
Manor Lodge Nursery, Infant and Juniors
Brightside Nursery Infant and Limpsfield Juniors
Byron Wood Nursery, Infant and Juniors
Holt House Infants and Carterknowle Juniors
Whiteways Nursery, Infant and Juniors
Netherthorpe Nursery, Infant and Juniors
Nether Edge Nursery, Infant and Juniors
Anns Grove Nursery, Infant and Juniors
Dobcroft Infants and Juniors
Meersbrook Bank Nursery, Infant and Juniors
Wincobank Nursery Infants and Concord Juniors
Owler Brook Nursery, Infant and Juniors
Oasis Fir Vale Nursery
Chris Galloway, principal engineer at Sheffield Council, 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. 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.”
Signs will be put up advising drivers and if they are caught, they face a £20 fixed penalty notice. The council also wants to educate drivers that turning off their engine helps them save fuel as well as improving air quality.
The council has set aside £50,000 and this first phase is estimated to cost £8,500 which will be spent on 80 signs, four per school.