Cheshire East to explore fines for drivers who leave their engines running
Cheshire East could follow neighbouring Chester West & Chester and fine drivers who leave engines running while their vehicles are stationary.
Council leader Sam Corcoran (Lab) has asked officers to look into whether Cheshire East could establish ‘no idling zones’ in the borough.
The matter was raised at Tuesday’s cabinet meeting by Cllr Laura Crane (Lab, Ettiley Heat & Wheelock) who referred to the CWAC policy and said a lot of people had to travel to get their children to school and ‘can we look to bringing in a policy in Cheshire East of having ‘no idling zones’ at the schools’?
Cllr Dorothy Flude (Lab), cabinet member for children and families, said in Sheffield there were no idling zones in about 600 areas, but only one fine had been issued.
““If we’re going to be looking at this sort of thing, we need to make sure the fines and the process for getting fines and doing this is robust so I agree with you absolutely,” she told Cllr Crane.
Asking officers to look into whether a policy could be introduced in Cheshire East, Cllr Corcoran said there was no reason to leave an engine running when a vehicle was stationary.
CWAC introduced its policy earlier this year where drivers who leave their engine idling face a fine if they refuse to switch off when challenged by a council enforcement officer.
The measure is part of Cheshire West and Chester Council’s low emission strategy aimed at improving air quality across the district.
Motorists who refuse to turn off their idling engines when requested can be issued with a £20 fixed penalty by a traffic warden or car park attendant.