DRIVERS can be fined £80 on their own just for waiting in their car with their engine running under little-known Highway Code rules.
According to Section 42 of the Road Traffic Law of 1988, it is illegal to leave the engine of a car idling.
Action to enforce Rule 123 of Highway codereads: “You must not let the vehicle’s engine run unnecessarily while the vehicle is stopped on a public road.”
Violation of this law can result in a fixed £20 fine, which increases up to £40 if not paid within a timeframe and local councils can add an additional fine.
In London, for example, emissions measures would raise the fine to £80.
And you could be taken to court if the violation is deemed serious enough.
Automotive finance specialist CarMoney revealed the impact car drivers minimizing idling can have on the environment and found that 10 seconds of idling wastes more fuel than restarting the engine.
Andrew Marshall of CarMoney said: “Now more than ever it is important to be aware of our impact on the environment.
“By minimizing car idling on our daily commute, after school and simply waiting in traffic, we can contribute to less CO2 emissions.
“In addition to switching to electric or hybrid models, drivers can be more mindful of their idling habits by turning off the engine if waiting for a long time.”
Nicholas Lyes, RAC’s head of road policy, said: “Councils have had the power to deal with this, but very few councils do so today.
“Many of the motorists we questioned would like to see some resolute action taken against violators. This is certainly needed to bring about a change in behaviour.
“You can compare the current situation with engine idling to carrying your own bag to the supermarket: everyone knew it was the right thing to do, but few of us did it. that until a mandatory fee is applied.
“While the rule is available for idling, enforcement is limited, if not non-existent.
“The presence of enforcement officers and the ‘no engine’ sign, complete with fines, must be the next step in making our urban environment better for all who live, drive and work in it.”
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