Negative effects of idling vehicles
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A recent study conducted by King’s college in London found that children are particularly at risk from the effect of idling vehicles because:
- They tend to be more active and therefore breathe more deeply
- They spend more time outdoors, so they are much more exposed to the effects of air pollution
- They have smaller lungs, and a higher ventilation rate, which means that they will have more toxic air in their lungs, per unit area of their lungs
And also that…
- Excessive idling is a waste of fuel and money, resulting in unnecessary negative environmental impact
- People inside cars are exposed to high levels of air pollution, with children especially at risk of harmful effects
- An idling vehicle emits 20 times more pollution than one travelling 32 mph
- For each 1 litre of fuel used by a diesel engine, 2.64 kg of CO2 is released to the atmosphere
You can also view a short film highlighting air quality impact.