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    Stirling Council signs up to low-emissions scheme

    Written by on June 24, 2019

    Stirling Council’s pledging to clear the air by committing itself to a cross-regional low emissions scheme.

    The local authority, in partnership with Falkirk, East Lothian, Midlothian and West Lothian Councils, seeks to reduce air pollution in the Forth Valley.

    Encouraging motorists to switch off their engines when idle is one of the methods being adopted.

    Convenor of the Environment and Housing Committee, Councillor Jim Thomson, said: “By joining the vehicle emissions partnership we want to make people think about the importance of clean air and the impact that air pollution has on our health.

    “By switching off their car engines, road users can help ensure a healthier environment and reduce air pollution across Stirling. It is less polluting to turn an engine off and restart it after a minute, than it is to leave it running.”

    Vice Convenor Danny Gibson said: “We have demonstrated a clear commitment to increasing active travel and sustainable transport through investment in a variety of projects that will benefit people throughout Stirling.

    “We were the first Council in Scotland to sign a Sustainable Development Agreement with SEPA last year and there are also simple things we can all do to improve air quality, as air pollution is causing serious harm to millions of people each year. By remembering to stop idling unnecessarily on Stirling’s roads or driveways, drivers can play their part in helping improve the local environment.”