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Drivers sign ‘pledge’ over idling engines

12 January, 2018 — By Tom Foot

Cllr David Harvey helps sign drivers up to the idling ‘pledge’

FIVE-thousand people have promised not to let their engines idle.

Celebrities and politicians are helping to promote a council scheme by standing in the road and taking the names of motorists who are prepared to take the “pledge”.

It is also warning drivers they will be fined £80 if they don’t turn off their engines while parked in the street.

The council’s environment chief, Cllr David Harvey, said: “You don’t need to be a driver to pledge. This issue affects us all and pledging adds your voice to those calling for cleaner air in the capital and we need your support to make a difference.”

An idling car produces enough exhaust emissions every minute to fill 150 balloons.

Westminster suffers from among the worst air quality in the country with some of the most polluted roads in Europe.


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