William Eichler 07 October 2019

Councils urged to fine drivers who leave engines running while parked

Seven out of ten 10 drivers want to see councils doing more to tackle motorists who leave their engines running when parked, a car insurance company has found.

A survey of over 2,000 drivers by RAC found that 44% wanted councils to tell idling drivers to switch off their engines and then fine them if they refuse.

Over a quarter (26%) said they should be told to switch off without being fined. Two percent think offenders should be fined without any warning whatsoever.

Drivers that leave their engines running while parked contribute to air pollution, which damages the environment and people’s health.

Responding to the RAC’s findings, the Local Government Association’s transport spokesman, Cllr David Renard, said that fining drivers who leave their engines idling ‘is hard to enforce in practice.’

‘Councils have prioritised changing behaviour by educating motorists, which is often more effective than issuing fines,’ he said.

‘As part of their review of air quality legislation, the Government should look again at whether these powers are working how they are intended and whether they could be made simpler to use while still being fair to the motorist.’

Skate parks are not the only fruit image

Skate parks are not the only fruit

On Go Skateboarding Day, Susannah Walker asks councils and their leisure and park departments to think differently about what facilities they provide for teenagers.
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Travel Information Data Technician

Essex County Council
Up to £25581 per annum
This is an exciting opportunity to work across all aspects of the Integrated Passenger Transport Unit (IPTU). Working with a passionate and dedicated England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Planning Strategy & Implementation Manager

Essex County Council
£57621 - £61410 per annum
Planning Strategy & Implementation Manager Permanent, Full Time £57,621 to £61,410 per annum Location
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Senior Accountant

Telford & Wrekin Council
£39,571 - £42,614
Are you a qualified Accountant looking to take the next step in your career? Telford, Shropshire
Recuriter: Telford & Wrekin Council

Family Assessment Worker

Telford & Wrekin Council
£25,419 to £27,514
We have a great opportunity for a full time Family Assessment Worker in the Parenting Assessment Team. Telford, Shropshire
Recuriter: Telford & Wrekin Council

Neighbourhood Enforcement Officer

Telford & Wrekin Council
£23,023 - £24,920
The post holder will tackle environmental crimes and unlawful parking. Telford, Shropshire
Recuriter: Telford & Wrekin Council

Partner Content

Circular highways is a necessity not an aspiration – and it’s within our grasp

Shell is helping power the journey towards a circular paving industry with Shell Bitumen LT R, a new product for roads that uses plastics destined for landfill as part of the additives to make the bitumen.

Support from Effective Energy Group for Local Authorities to Deliver £430m Sustainable Warmth Funded Energy Efficiency Projects

Effective Energy Group is now offering its support to the 40 Local Authorities who have received a share of the £430m to deliver their projects on the ground by surveying properties and installing measures.

Pay.UK – the next step in Bacs’ evolution

Dougie Belmore explains how one of the main interfaces between you and Bacs is about to change.