William Eichler 01 July 2019

Grayling promises 'tougher penalties' for vehicle idling

Grayling promises tougher penalties for vehicle idling image

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has threaten drivers who leave their engine on while parked with ‘tougher penalties’ in an effort to reduce air pollution.

Vehicle idling is a major factor in poor air quality, particularly in areas with large numbers of waiting vehicles, such as outside schools, at taxi ranks and bus stations.

An idling car produces enough exhaust emissions to fill 150 balloons with harmful chemicals, including cyanide, NOx and PM2.5, every minute it is stationary.

Councils already have the power to fine drivers, but the Department for Transport has announced it will launch a public consultation this summer into how to strengthen these powers.

‘We are determined to crack down on drivers who pollute our communities by leaving their engines running, particularly outside school gates where our children are breathing in this toxic air,’ said Mr Grayling.

‘Putting a stop to idling is an easy way to drive down dangerously high levels of pollution, reducing its impact on the environment and our health.’

Slavery in supply chains image

Slavery in supply chains

Tiffany Cloynes and Clare Hardy explore what responsibility councils may have in the future to eliminate slavery and human trafficking in their supply chains.
Open letter to Boris Johnson image

Open letter to Boris Johnson

The MJ's editor Heather Jameson asks the new PM a simple question: do you want to fund local government or do you want to scale back services to the basics?
Highways jobs

Senior Traffic Engineer

East Riding of Yorkshire Council
£32,029 - £34,788 per annum
Currently seeking an enthusiastic and experienced individual to manage our Traffic Team. East Riding of Yorkshire
Recuriter: East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Marketing Coordinator

Brent Council
£29,241 - £30,711 p.a. inc.
Looking for someone who is enthusiastic about arts and culture, can write great copy and has experience implementing marketing campaigns... Kilburn, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Brent Council

Lead Network Engineer

Camden London Borough Council
£45,504 - £52,786
In this role you will deliver a high quality and efficient network service, supporting staff and officers working from a variety of council offices... Camden, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Camden London Borough Council

Technical Support Administrator x2

Redbridge London Borough Council
£24,462 - £25,809 per annum
Applicants should be able to demonstrate knowledge of financial monitoring and deliver a comprehensive range of services. Redbridge, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Redbridge London Borough Council

Early Years and Childcare Improvement Team Manager

Redbridge London Borough Council
£48,492 - £51,450 per annum
If you have a passion for ensuring children have the best start in life and are a leader in the Early Years field we look forward to hearing from you. Redbridge, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Redbridge London Borough Council

Local Government News

Latest issue - Local Goverrnemnt News

This issue of Local Government News explores how councils can tackle modern slavery and trafficking in their supply chains, finds out more about Cambridge's first cohousing scheme and the launch of a new project to build a shared service pattern library for local government.

This issue also contains a special focus on children's services and how councils are protecting children following local safeguarding children boards being abolished.

Register for your free magazine