"A group of “concerned health professionals, academics and scientists” has
called on the Victorian government to introduce anti-idling laws for fossil
fuelled cars – starting with school drop-off zones – as one of the easiest and
most effective first steps to minimise the environmental and health fall-out
from vehicle exhaust.
In a submission to a state parliamentary inquiry into the health impacts of air
pollution, a report signed off by six authors across the University of
Melbourne, University of Queensland and the Royal Melbourne Hospital compares
leaving a car engine running unnecessarily to lighting up a cigarette next to a
It says this practice, like smoking, should be banned.
Idling – running a vehicle’s internal combustion engine while the vehicle is
stationary, or even parked – is something all ICE drivers are, or have been
guilty of, probably without giving it a second thought.
Increasingly, however, the practice is viewed as inefficient and unnecessary,
including by vehicle makers themselves, with most new car models equipped with
a function to switch the engine off automatically when it comes to a full
Far worse than being inefficient, idling is also a major and preventable health
risk – most particularly to children, with schools and childcare centres
swamped by the fumes of hundreds of exhausts twice a day, at drop-off and pick
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