Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 14th March 2017.

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Photo of Sarah Olney Sarah Olney Liberal Democrat, Richmond Park

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she has made an assessment of the potential merits introducing legislative proposals on the use of signage and fines in areas of high pollution to encourage drivers to switch off their engines while stationary.

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Local authorities already have the powers to issue fixed penalty notices of £20 to drivers who allow their vehicle engines to run unnecessarily while the vehicle is stationary, using powers under the Road Traffic (Vehicle Emissions) (Fixed Penalty) (England) Regulations 2002, and are able to use signage to discourage idling. Local authorities can also voluntarily introduce Clean Air Zones should they wish to do so using their powers under the Transport Act 2000. Clean Air Zones can be used to address vehicle idling.

Given these existing powers, Defra has made no assessment of the potential merits of introducing legislative proposals on the use of signage and fines in areas of high pollution to encourage drivers to switch off their engines while stationary.

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