TfL Road and Transport Enforcement Officers - Engine Idling

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-01-20
Session date: 
January 20, 2016
Reference: 
2016/0100
Question By: 
Stephen Knight
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Further to your announcement of a new 40-strong team of Road and Transport Enforcement Officers at TfL, can you confirm that these officers will have the power to issue fixed penalty notices for vehicle idling, for example to drivers who fail to turn off their engine after being asked to do so?

Answer

Answer for TfL Road and Transport Enforcement Officers - Engine Idling

Answer for TfL Road and Transport Enforcement Officers - Engine Idling

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Tackling engine idling is primarily the responsibility of local authorities and my air quality fund continues to support those boroughs wanting to address this issue.

I have recently committed to a pan-London borough engine idling campaign as part of a new £5m programme of local air quality initiatives over the next three years. This project will recruit and train air quality champions to engage with drivers about idling in known hotspots. The City of London found this type of activity to be more effective than issuing fixed penalty notices.

This is particularly the case as current legislation is quite convoluted and it remains difficult for local authorities to issue penalty charge notices because they are easily appealed and hard to enforce. I have asked Government to look into this and to consider bringing engine idling offences in line with other traffic offences as part of its new Clean Air Zone framework.