Drivers face fine for engine idling

A council has announced plans to fine "irresponsible" drivers who leave their engines running while parked.

North Lincolnshire Council has said that motorists who sit in their cars with the engines idling could be issued with £20 fixed-penalty notices, which will increase to £40 if not paid within 28 days.

The plan is aimed at reducing pollution, the authorities said, while hinting that exceptions could be made in cold weather for drivers trying to defrost their windscreens or elderly people trying to keep warm.

However, the move has angered some motorists who say the council should be concerned with other things than people leaving their engines on when stationary.

A spokesman for the Association of British Drivers, which claims to campaign for Britain's "beleaguered" motorists, said: "Obviously people shouldn't get out of their car and keep their engines running because someone's going to steal it, but engines don't use much fuel while they're idling and there are some circumstances when you have to keep them running."

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