Vehicle idling penalties
Idling is when a vehicle’s engine stays running unnecessarily when stationary. This pollutes the environment and it is illegal on a public road.
Unnecessary vehicle idling is an offence under the Road Traffic (Vehicle Emissions) (Fixed Penalty) (England) Regulations 2002.
If you fail to turn your engine off after being asked to do so by an authorised officer you can be issued with a fixed penalty notice (FPN).
The idling legislation covers all vehicles on public roads including buses, taxis, commercial vehicles and private cars. It does not apply to vehicles moving slowly dueto road works or congestion, vehicles stopped at traffic lights, vehicles under test or repair or defrosting a windscreen.
As a rough guide, if you're going to be parked for more than 30 seconds, turn off your engine and restart when you are ready to move on. You're likely to use less fuel, reduce unnecessary emissions, improve air quality and avoid the risk of receiving a fixed penalty notice.
In an initial one-month trial, enforcement officers will be patrolling the Horn Lane area of Acton from 1 December 2014 until 1 January 2015. The officers will approach drivers who are seen to be idling and ask them to turn off their engine. Drivers who refuse will be issued with a £20 fixed penalty notice*. Signs will also be put up in the area reminding drivers of the law.
*The fine will increase to £40 if not paid within 28 days.
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Catalyst Housing has had to close their vehicle depot after been served Planning Contravention Notice EN160305CU. The shipping container and all vehicles have been removed from the site following visit of the London Borough of Ealing planning enforcement team on11 August 2016.
Catalyst Housing had been illegally operating this commercial garage, causing severe noise and pollution problems for residents of the Friary Park estate and Emanuel Avenue since July 2013. They repeatedly ignored complaints by their tenants about up to a dozen lorries reversing around the estate early each morning then blocking The Drive by parking with their engines running for over an hour every afternoon.
This is a significant victory for tenants of this Registered Social Landlord who are excluded from any discussion about the future of the Friary Park estate.by Catalyst Housing CEO Rod Cahill and Senor Project manager Martyn Freeman
Through the Environmental Law Foundation the Friary Park Preservation Group were represented by Dutton Gregory.