Driving fine: Motorists can be fined £40 for leaving engine running to defrost windscreens


Motorists may be hit with a £20 fixed penalty notice for leaving their engine idling on a street. The penalty could rise to £40 if the charge is not paid within a specific time frame.

Engine idling is illegal under Section 42 of the Road Traffic Act 1988.

The Highway Code also clearly states rivers should never leave their engines on for no reason.

Rule 123 said: “You must not leave a vehicle’s engine running unnecessarily while that vehicle is stationary on a public road.”

The RAC has warned idling engines can produce up to twice as many emissions as an engine in motion.

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