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Volunteers wanted for idling action events in the borough

21 June 2022

Richmond Council's air quality team are running regular idling action events again and are looking for resident volunteers. Would you like to help us to reduce air pollution in our borough?

Our next event is scheduled for late afternoon on Tuesday 28 June 2022 at the White Hart Lane railway crossing.

Volunteers are provided with everything they need for the event including a training video and volunteer pack beforehand to inform them about idling and its impacts.

If you are able to volunteer for this upcoming event in June, please contact the air quality team by Sunday 26 June for more details by emailing

A large proportion of air pollution in London is from traffic and idling vehicle engines are often an unnecessary source of pollutants. Air pollution affects the health of everybody, but especially younger and older people, as well as those with health conditions such as asthma, lung or heart disease. Find out more information about engine idling in the borough.

The idling action events involve pairs of volunteers approaching stationary vehicles at our chosen location and politely asking drivers to switch off. Volunteers explain that we are doing this to reduce the localised air pollution created by traffic to help protect the health of residents. We do some myth busting about idling and many drivers are surprised to learn that the air pollution inside their vehicle is probably much higher than outside – especially if they and other cars are idling.

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Updated: 21 June 2022

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