Hounslow moves to tackle vehicle idling

Hounslow idling
Hounslow Council has launched a public consultation as a first step towards prohibiting engine idling across the borough.

Idling is when a vehicle’s engine is left running while it is stationary for a period of time – increasing use of fuel, emissions and noise levels.

While idling is already an offence, to carry out enforcement through the issue of penalty charge notices, it’s required to for Hounslow Council to first publish an anti-idling Traffic Management Order (TMO).

If supported by local residents, this TMO will formally ban engine idling across the borough and allow enforcement officers to issue penalty charge notices while on patrol. The applicable fine to the motorist would be £60, discounted to £30 if paid within 14 days.

Cllr Katherine Dunne, cabinet member for communities and workforce at Hounslow Council, said:

“The council is committed to fulfilling its statutory obligation to continue to explore new ways to improve air quality and anti-idling enforcement is an important part of our Air Quality Action Plan.

“Our commitment, coupled with engagement from local groups and communities, will create and deliver environmental improvements that are essential in safeguarding public health and quality of life.”

The consultation, which includes a short survey, closes on 7 December.

9 November 2018