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‘Schools should have no idling zones’

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Health Desk: 12 March’19-- Public health chiefs in London have proposed a ban on cars idling outside school gates in a bid to cut air pollution.

The measure is among a series of UK-wide recommendations put forward by Public Health England.

PHE medical director Paul Cosford said, "We should stop idling outside schools and we should make sure that children can walk or cycle to school."

PHE said 28,000 to 36,000 deaths a year in the UK could be attributed to long-term exposure to air pollution.

The report said local authorities could implement no-idling zones in areas with vulnerable hotspots such as schools, hospitals and care homes.

It also recommends a wider uptake of low emission or clean air zones to discourage the most highly polluting vehicles from entering populated areas.

Courtesy: BBC Health