New anti-engine idling fines of £80 were introduced by Southwark council on Wednesday (January 31st).
Southwark’s cabinet member for public health Cllr Maisie Anderson said: “Needlessly keeping your engine running pollutes roads, schools and children’s lungs. “Asking people to turn off their engine will help create a healthier environment for the children of the borough.
“Drivers will be warned before a fine is issued, but ultimately if they ignore the warning and signs, the parking wardens will have to take action.”
A council statement said: “Idling vehicle exhausts choke the air with toxic chemicals like cyanide, NOx and PM2.5 which can lead to asthma, heart disease and lung disease.
“Council parking enforcement officers will be issuing an £80 penalty charge notice to parked up car, bus, taxi and HGV drivers, who refuse to switch off their engines when asked.
“We have led and encouraged many voluntary anti-idling patrols at known idling hot-spots, to raise driver awareness of the health risks associated with engine idling.
“The patrols found that most drivers turned off their idling engines willingly, when they were made aware of the implications of keeping them running.
“This is the latest measure from our air quality strategy and action plan, which is part of our longstanding commitment to improve air quality in the borough, with more to come throughout 2018.
“We have also just finished asking residents for their suggestions for locations for electric car charge points, and will begin installing them later this year.” (Source: Southwark council press release)