Ryedale District Council

Idling vehicles

A local authority may enforce powers to deal with idling vehicles. If you idle your vehicle unnecessarily while stopped, you could be given a fixed penalty ticket.

The Road Traffic (Vehicle Emissions) (Fixed Penalty) (England) Regulations 2002 (SI 2002. No 1808) enable local authorities in England to issue fixed penalty notices to drivers who allow their vehicles to run unnecessarily while stationary on the road.

If an officer authorised under the above legislation discovers a vehicle with its engine running unnecessarily the first action would be to advise the driver of the legal requirements and that such an offence carries a Fixed Penalty of £20. The officer would then request the driver to turn the engine off. A Fixed Penalty Notice would only be issued if the driver refuses to turn off the engine when requested to do so.

There are however a number of situations where action would not be taken:

  • Where a vehicle is stationary 'owing to the necessities of traffic' - eg where a vehicle is stationary at traffic lights.
  • Where an engine is being run so that a fault may be traced and rectified.
  • Where machinery on a vehicle requires the engine to be running - eg where the engine powers a refrigeration unit, or compaction equipment in a refuse vehicle.

For further information please contact Health and Environment.

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