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Do your bit for air quality

Go Easy campaign logoThere are lots of things you can do to help improve air quality locally, reduce your carbon footprint and reduce levels of nitrogen dioxide in the air.

Many will also help keep you fit and save you money.

Our Go Easy campaign has lots of information to help you travel without your car.

Reduce the number of vehicles on the road

Walk or cycle instead of using the car

How about setting up a 'walking bus' to get the kids to school? You could also try a school, home or work travel plan? Help on these schemes is available from Cumbria County Council

Check if your employer is part of the Bike to Work Scheme, Cycle Scheme where you can save up to 50% on the price of a new bike. Check out the Sustrans website for more information on cycling. Natural England's Walking for Health and the NHS Change4Life sites are also useful.

Lift share

Share a lift to work, clubs or school with someone else travelling your way. Take it in turns to drive and half your mileage. Register your details with the national Liftshare scheme and they'll match you up with someone doing a similar journey.

Use public transport

Plan your route or get bus, ferry and train times from Cumbria County Council or Traveline. You can also call Traveline on 0871 200 2233. 

If you are over 60 you can get free bus journeys with the NoWcard

There is also a card for five to eighteen year olds offering reduced fare bus travel called the the A2B NoWcard. Application forms are available from libraries or Cumbria County Council.

Drive more efficiently

Make your journey more energy efficient:

1. Drive as smoothly as you can and stick to higher gears
2. Switch off your engine when not moving
3. Keep the weight of your car down by not carrying unnecessary items
4. Use air conditioning sparingly
5. Maintain correct tyre pressures
6. Service your car regularly

Clean up the vehicles on the road   

Report smoky diesels: You can report smoky diesels if they are public service vehicles (buses and coaches) or heavy goods vehicles.

Use the form on the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) website, or telephone their enquiry unit on 0300 123 9000. Make a note of the type of vehicle, registration, the company name and where and when vehicle was seen.

Buy a clean fuel vehicle or convert your vehicle to run on a clean fuel, such as LPG, CNG or electricity. 

Ensure you have a particulate filter fitted on your diesel vehicle.

Check the CO2 emissions of your car.