Drivers are being warned they can get fiend in Westminster for idling engines
In Westminster, drivers will now face a fine of £80 if they are caught with their engines idling when parked.
Engine idling is the process of leaving the engine running when the vehicle isn’t in motion.
According to Westminster City Council, an idling car engine produces enough exhaust emissions containing dangerous and harmful chemical to fill 150 balloon each minute.
Now, an ‘Air Marshall’ will patrol Westminster issuing motorists with an £80 Penalty Charge Notice if they are caught leaving their engine to idle.
It is part of Westminster City Council’s new #DontBeIdle scheme, which is designed to reduce the harmful emissions being emitted.
Delivery drivers, taxis and members of the pubic will all be targeted should they fail to switch their engine off.
Earlier this year, Westminster council was the first to launch a parking surcharge for diesel drivers using pay and display car parks.
Drivers of pre-2015 diesel models having to pay 50 per cent mote to park in F Zone parts of the borough since April.
Westminster suffers from some of the worst pollution in Europe
The new anti-idling initiative was introduced in Westminster last month.
This follows previous schemes introduced in the capital to tackle pollution including restrictions on when motorists can drive near schools and a fine of £20 for the most polluting cars in Westminster.
Over 100 traffic marshals are working across Islington and Westminster to clampdown on anti-idling.
A resident diesel surcharge was introduced in Islington in 2015, charging them £96 on top of the residents parking permit.
In a statement, Westminster City Council said: “Vehicles such as buses, taxis, vans, cars and delivery vehicles account for over half of the most deadly emissions in the air.
“370 million miles are driven in Westminster each year, the distance to Jupiter, it’s not surprising that Westminster suffers from some of the worst pollution in Europe.”
Westminster City Council leader Nickie Aiken Leader said: ‘Westminster attracts over one million visitors a day with many travelling by car so it’s no wonder the city suffers from some of the worst pollution.
“We’re facing up to this big problem and making tackling poor air quality our number one priority buy we need your help because we can’t do it alone.
Drivers could face a penalty fine of £80 if caught flouting the new rule
“That’s why we’ve launched #DontBeIdle. Sign our pledge and help make a difference.”
The #DontBeIdle campaign wants drivers to sign an online pledge to turn their engine off when parked.
Harmful emissions caused by idling can cause lung, heart and respiratory problems such as asthma.
David Harvey, cabinet member for environment, sports and community, said: “Poor air quality is our residents’ number one concern and we are fully committed to leading the way on this issue.
“Through our ground breaking Low Emission Neighbourhood here in Marylebone we are working with businesses, landowners and local residents to drive forward change in the heart of the capital.
“I welcome the report commissioned by our policy and scrutiny committee which is based on Kings College research.
“The report provides us with evidence, advice and clear recommendations to take forward the next stage of our clean air agenda; reviewing and refreshing our Clean Air Strategy.”
Andrew Smith, chairman of the children, environment and leisure policy and scrutiny committee, added: “Toxic air needs tough action. Local authorities across the UK need to make sure they are leading the way and working with central Government to deliver.”
You can sign the pledge here.