FOLLOWING last month’s news that drivers who sit with engines idling could be fined instantly under government plans, Paul Loughlin, motoring law solicitor at Stephensons Solicitors LLP told Transport News, ‘These powers are likely to prove an effective deterrent and will go some way to reducing the pollution levels in our towns and cities, however it remains unclear how local authorities will enforce them.

‘There is an onus on the government to spell out how these powers will be used as well as making it clear for drivers to turn off their engines whilst parked.

‘The fines, some of which will stretch to £1,000 for repeat offenders, will be keenly felt in particular by businesses and couriers, who often leave their vehicles running whilst making deliveries.’