We are committed to making this the cleanest, greenest borough in London but we need your help.
People who refuse to turn off their idling engines when asked will be fined.
Idling is where drivers leave their vehicle's engine running while it is stationary. Whilst this can often be the result of traffic there are cases where you should turn your engine off such as:
Car idling produces up to 150 balloons of exhaust emissions per minute containing harmful chemicals like cyanide, Nox and PM2.5 every minute.
Did you know that the Royal College of Physicians say 40,000 deaths a year are linked to air pollution, with car idling being a contributing factor?
Drivers who are caught idling by our civil enforcement officers will be asked to turn off their engines and warned that failing to do so will lead to a fine. if the driver refuses to switch off they will be fined.
The rules are laid out in section 42 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 which enforces rule 123 of the High Way Code.
By turning off your car you can:
There are several ways you can get involved in our campaign.
Our children should be able to live, learn and play in an environment which is clean and healthy.
We are encouraging all schools in the borough to sign the anti-idling pledge. Once signed, you will receive a large banner to display on your school fence to show your support.
Getting our children interested in and knowledgeable about air pollution will help spread the word to parents and other adults that idling their car engines is bad for their health and environment. We have created an information pack to help.
Complete our online form to pledge your support for our campaign.
Thank you to all of the businesses who are supporting an idle-free Richmond upon Thames.
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Updated: 14 November 2019