Friary Park Preservation Group


Example of commercial vehicles in residential area.

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.