Drivers in Hackney can now be fined £80 for needlessly leaving their engines running while stationary. 

The new fine – up from £20 – is aimed at tackling the habit, known as idling, which causes increases in localised pollution. 

Idling is particularly detrimental in areas where footfall is both high and people are vulnerable, such as at schools, around health centres and on high streets. 

Motor vehicle pollution can contribute to asthma, poor lung development in children, heart disease, and lung cancer. Motor vehicles are also the number one source of UK carbon dioxide emissions, contributing significantly to global warming.

Alongside the increased fines, Council officers will be visiting hotspot areas and giving out leaflets to inform drivers about the dangers of engine idling, which is an offence under road traffic regulations. 

To find out more about the Council’s work to improve London’s air quality, visit www.hackney.gov.uk/air-quality.

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