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Council Plan To Fine Drivers
Council hit squads patrolling outside schools are ready to slap £20 fines on drivers who don’t heed warnings about leaving their engines running.
Leisure centres and cultural venues will also be targeted during South Lanarkshire Council’s engine idling campaign which got underway this month.
While the council say air quality in the area is generally good, they admit there are some localised air pollution hotspots.
The Whirlies roundabout was last year identified as one of the most polluted sites in Scotland by Friends of the Earth.
During the campaign, council officers will be undertaking patrols at school pick-up times and have written to all bus and taxi companies who pick children up from schools, head teachers and parent councils.
Stressing that idling a vehicle is an offence, the council say their officers will warn any driver found to be doing this and if the driver fails to turn the engine off they may be issued with a £20 fixed penalty notice.
Those drivers who are not idling their cars will be rewarded with a car freshener.
“The hope is that if we positively reinforce the no engine idling message then drivers will think twice before idling in the future,” said a spokesperson.
The officers will also distribute information and educate drivers about the harmful effects of engine idling.
Among the messages they will be putting across to drivers are:
-Children are more vulnerable to air pollution because they have a larger lung surface area in relation to their body weight and they breathe 50 per cent more air per pound of body weight than adults.
-An idling engine emits 20 times more pollution than one travelling at 30mph.