Don’t be an Idler!
As has been well documented, leaving an engine running unnecessarily while a vehicle is stationary pollutes the air we breathe, causes unnecessary noise and costs drivers money. Switching off your engine is an easy way to help improve air quality and the health of people in the area. By turning off the engine when stationary, it will help:
- reduce pollution – turning off and restarting an engine causes less pollution than keeping the engine running
- protect health – turning off the engine can help to reduce asthma, heart disease and lung cancer
- save money – idling wastes fuel and money
- protect your car – idling can increase wear and tear on the engine
- If a driver is asked to turn their engine off by an authorised officer and refuses, they can be issued with an £80 Penalty Charge Notice.
The Residents’ Association are exploring the potential to introduce an ‘Air Quality Marshall’ scheme which would see dedicated officers employed to tackle hot-spots, give advice and, where necessary, issue £80 fines.
Cllr Clarence Barrett