Plans to take action against drivers who leave their engines running outside schools have been backed by Trafford’s Labour administration.

The aim of the radical initiative is to reduce harmful levels of air pollution present outside school gates across the borough.

Cllr Stephen Adshead, Executive member for Environment, who is spearheading the initiative, says action is needed to stop pupils from breathing-in poisonous car fumes.

“I have a duty to protect the health and well-being of our children and young people who attend school – and, I believe, this scheme goes some way in doing just that,” added Cllr Adshead.

“Air pollution puts children’s lives at risk.

“I’m passionate and committed to improving air quality and road safety around our schools – and therefore welcome these radical proposals.”

There are also plans to install signs outside schools reminding drivers to switch-off their engine.

The administration’s enforcement firm 3GS, currently employed to fine people who litter and fly-tip, could enforce the new rules.

Cllr Adshead added: “We are taking a tiered approach with a number of steps to inform drivers they should turn of their engines while parked outside schools.

“It is vitally important this scheme is a success as it underpins just some of Labour’s priorities of supporting the borough’s children and young people.”