Motorists have been informed that a £20 fine will be presented to them if they are sat in a stationary car with the engine running. From 1st of May the new penalty will come into force in two trial boroughs of London, and as you can imagine the majority are against the new fines.
Motoring news covered the following:
Local residents and businesses have great concerns about the air quality in London but the London Taxi Drivers Association said the move would not help London’s air pollution problem.
The fines of £20 will increase to £40 if not paid within 28 days and are intended to be a ‘last resort’ if drivers refuse to turn off their vehicles. Parents outside the school gates, on quick shopping runs and station pick ups will most probably fall prey to the fines rather than those motorist stuck in traffic or at red lights.
The goal of the new fine is to stop motorists contributing further to air pollution. If this encourages motorists to reduce the amount of air pollution in built up areas, then surely it's for the greater good!