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:gatso2: From Wales Online - ... g-16285652

Motorists who are repeatedly caught with their engine running while stationary could face an on-the-spot fine under new government plans.
Environment secretary Michael Gove said he supported calls from some London councils to introduce stronger measures to tackle idling engines which can cause more pollution than when a car is moving.

Currently officers are unable to impose penalties unless drivers ignore an initial warning and remain parked for another minute - but councils have called for tougher laws.
Fines for 'idling' can range from £20 to £80 but Westminster City Council is urging the government to allow for harsher punishments, the Mirror reports.
Four-figure sum
The council's Conservative leader, Nickie Aiken, wants the power to issue fines immediately to repeat offenders.
"Fines are our last resort but when we establish a pattern of persistent idling we need to be able to send a message," she told The Times.

Westminster City Council carries out far more enforcement than most other authorities but issued only 20 fines last year.
Ms Aikens said fines for company vehicles, such as supermarket delivery vans, caught idling need to be a "four-figure sum" to be a sufficient deterrent.

Environment secretary Michael Gove is supporting the council's call, but stressed that any new powers should be used proportionately by councils.
According to Westminster City Council, an idling car produces enough exhaust emissions to fill 150 balloons a minute.
It has called on the public to report unnecessary engine idling through its website, as the borough suffers from the worst air pollution in the country.

Motoring law solicitor Paul Loughlin, from Stephensons Solicitors LLP, said: “These powers are likely to prove an effective deterrent and will go some way to reducing the pollution levels in our towns and cities, however it remains unclear how local authorities will enforce them.

"There is an onus on the Government to spell out how these powers will be used as well as making it clear for drivers to turn off their engines while parked.
“The fines, some of which stretching to £1,000 for repeat offenders, will be keenly felt in particular by businesses and couriers, who often leave their vehicles running while making deliveries.”

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