Coaches Idling

MQT on 2015-03-25
Session date: 
March 25, 2015
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Thank you for your answer to my question 2014/4093, but you seem to have been misled. My constituent informs me that on contacting Transport for London about their spot checks they deny that it is their responsibility and asked her to contact Westminster City Council. This is clearly disappointing as your campaign to end idling in London appears to be having little impact on coach companies using heavy diesel vehicles around residential areas like SW1. Is it time for TfL to carry out spot checks of its own, as your original answers suggested?


Answer for Coaches Idling

Answer for Coaches Idling

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have been reassured by TfL that bus operational staff regularly monitor all key bus stands including those in Horseferry Road as set out in MQ 2014/ 4093.

Since then Westminster City Council's traffic marshals have started targeting drivers of all vehicles in the borough with their engines found to be running whilst standing or parking, and requesting them to switch their engines off. From 1 May 2015 the traffic marshals, as a last resort, can issue fixed penalty notices of £20 (rising to £40 after 28 days to offending drivers).

I have also been assured that idling complaints can be reported through TfL's contact centre. Where these relate to TfL they will be actioned appropriately. If they relate to a borough-specific issue callers will be re-directed to the appropriate authority.

TfL has taken concerted action to tackle engine idling, including through a major Londonwide radio and poster advertising campaign in 2011 and 2012. Through the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS), over 1,000 engine idling toolkits have been distributed to lorry, bus and coach operators, which includes information on the benefits of vehicle telematics, guidance on driver behaviour and communication materials including posters and case studies.