Action on air pollution

This is a progress update on another issue I have been pursuing – discouraging air pollution from the idling of vehicle engines. 

Although new vehicles are usually designed to cut the engine when stopped, most older petrol or diesel vehicles don’t have this feature and so engines need to be turned off.  The problem is some drivers leave their engines idling, causing air pollution.  The Council has the power to levy a fine of £20 if a driver refuses to switch the engine off but usually a polite reminder is all that is required.  I asked the Council to allow parking attendants to regulate this, so discussions are underway with the parking sub-contractor NSL as reported on page 6 of the Business Bulletin (item 6.1) of a recent meeting of the Council’s Transport Committee here


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