Sunday 22 October 2017

How idling at school gate sends emissions soaring

Idling for 10 minutes, on every school day, can equate to 1,520m of excess fumes a year
Idling for 10 minutes, on every school day, can equate to 1,520m of excess fumes a year
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

LETTING your car idle/tickover at the school gates for 10 minutes a day while you see off, or welcome, the children is wreaking havoc on the environment, new research suggests.

It claims your car is spewing massive amounts of additional and harmful emissions. So much so the experts reckon the excess fumes from your school-gate idling could fill two jumbo jets over the course of a year.

Two jumbo jets.

The extent of pollution has most recently been calculated by ClickMechanic, an online marketplace for car repair in the UK.

And health experts including Public Health England as well as the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence suggest 'no idling zones' should be introduced outside schools, hospitals and care homes "to protect those most vulnerable to the fumes".

Other research (#DontBeIdle) found leaving the engine ticking over for one minute can produce enough exhaust fumes to fill as many as 150 balloons. That assumes an idling speed of 800rpm in a 2-litre, 4cyl engine, average car.

In other words it will produce 800 litres (0.8 cubic metres) of exhaust fumes every minute the car is idling.

Idling for 10 minutes, on every school day, can equate to 1,520m of excess fumes a year.

So we need to get to work on idling.

Irish Independent

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