'No Engine Idling' Campaign (1)

MQT on 2014-09-17
Session date: 
September 17, 2014
Question By: 
Stephen Knight
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Will you agree to conduct further on-street monitoring of engine idling at pollution hotspots, including bus stands and taxi ranks, in order to assess the long-term impact of your 'No Engine Idling' campaign?


Answer for 'No Engine Idling' Campaign (1)

Answer for 'No Engine Idling' Campaign (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Local authorities are authorised to stop the idling of stationary vehicles and can issue fixed penalty notices. London boroughs are applying their powers to enforce engine idling in various ways.

In addition, engine idling is being actively discouraged by the GLA and TfL. This was initially done through a London wide education and awareness initiative aimed at all driver groups (private and professional drivers).  Outer and inner London boroughs have pledged their continued support in respect of TfL's anti engine idling campaign and are applying their powers to enforce the issue in varying degrees. £1 million has been invested in the advertising campaign to promote 'No Engine Idling.'

TfL continues to conduct on-street monitoring of engine idling at bus stations and stands as part of best practice and ad hoc checks in response to information from the public about potential issues. Bus operators also conduct site checks on their premises and at stands in order to be good neighbours and minimise unnecessary fuel consumption and vehicle emissions. This approach is reinforced with communication material at bus operator garages, driver training and guidance in publications such as the Big Red Book - the handbook issued to all 24,500 drivers in the bus fleet. Newer buses in the fleet are fitted with automatic shut-off technology which switches the engine off if the vehicle is stationary for more than a couple of minutes. This will provide a lasting solution to engine idling going forward.

In terms of monitoring at taxi ranks, as part of the Cleaner Air Fund (CAF) initiative in 2011/12, taxi marshals were placed at busy mainline station taxi ranks. The CAF funding was provided by the Department for Transport for a limited period and TfL has no plans to reintroduce eco taxi marshals at this present time. However, we are working with a number of London boroughs to see if they will be able to deliver similar programmes over the coming months,

However, I remain committed to improving air quality in London and in January I announced my intention to introduce a requirement that from January 2018 all newly licensed taxis must be capable of zero emissions operation. TfL will be consulting on this proposal later this year and will welcome your views.