Idling drivers could face higher fines


A public consultation on proposals to impose tougher penalties on idling drivers has been launched.

Drivers that leave their engines running while parked are 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.

Councils already have the power to fine drivers, these proposals would toughen up those powers to try and put a stop to unnecessary air pollution.

These plans will also provide guidance to local authorities on their anti-idling powers, enabling them to enforce the law more effectively.

The consultation, expected to launch this summer, will also explore how to deal with repeat offenders who keep their engines running following several warnings.