Council to dole out on-the-spot pollution fines

4 August 2014

pollution Pollution news now, and officials from Islington Council in North London are to issue the on-the-spot fines to vehicles how leave their engines running.

The council is going around like Al Capone dishing out these £20 fines in what is hoped will reverse global warming, or at least make Islington less pollutey.

It looks like other councils are likely to follow their lead and dish out fines ahoy, as the spectre of European environmental targets looms over it all.

Others are just saying it's not fair and acts as a 'stealth tax' to those who fail to switch their motors off when stationary.

Councils have had the power to issue penalties for idling in 2002 but the rule has not been widely enforced until now, as they were looking for further routes in how to rinse drivers.

Now officials from Islington Council in North London are wandering about issuing the on-the-spot fines, and will target buses, lorries and diesel cars willy nilly.

To add the wave of bad gas, Islington councillor Claudia Webbe said: "We are committed to improving air quality, which is why we are clamping down on idling buses, lorries and diesel cars."

"We need Boris Johnson to do his share by introducing a low-polluting bus fleet, and addressing the high number of polluting lorries that travel through our streets on a daily basis."

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9 comments

  • Gav
    I dont see what the problem is, why all the fuss ? If you park switch off the engine, no one gets fined !
  • Disappointed
    Pollution news now, and officials from Islington Council in North London are to issue the on-the-spot fines to vehicles **WHO** leave their engines running.
  • God
    I assume they will be driving around in badly maintained council (diesel) vans, spewing out pollution while patrolling for offenders. ...and knowing how power mad some of those types get, I will place money on them leaving their engines running while they ticket someone waiting for the lights to change.
  • CZ
    How should a **Vehicle** leave their engines running? And can my car now pay fines on my behalf?
  • Jen
    How would a vehicle be able to pay a fine? I presume it would be issued to its owner/driver. "Pollution news now, and officials from Islington Council in North London are to issue the on-the-spot fines to drivers who leave their vehicle engines running."
  • So r.
    Mr Persistent says - Oh dear,oh dear
  • Soronery
    Mr Persistent insists - oh dear, oh dear.
  • Slacker
    Once I questioned one of these cretins (after he sat with the engine idling for approx. 10 minutes) and he simply explained that it was his company car and he didn't give a fuck about the enviromnent. Bring it on, I say.
  • Bar S.
    It's aimed at diesel vehicles, so I'll just de-badge the car.

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