Under Regulation 98 of The Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986, it is an offence to leave a vehicle engine running unnecessarily while that vehicle is stationary on a road.

Since 2002, under Regulation 12 of The Road Traffic (Vehicle Emissions) (Fixed Penalty) (England) Regulations 2002, Local Authorities have been given the powers to enforce the switching off of engines when vehicles are stationary on the road.  This enables local authorities to issue a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) to a driver who is committing an offense by idling their vehicle’s engine. 

Aside from enforcing idling by issuing FPNs, a council may choose to create a Traffic Management Order, under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, so that traffic enforcement officers within the local authority are able to issue Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) for idling vehicles.

For adopting either of these enforcement approaches, Councils must advertise locally that they will be doing so.

We are working with the 31 London local authorities to advise them on adopting idling enforcement. 

Please see the Local Authorities Toolkit for further information and to download templates related to enforcement.  Please note, all local authorities using these templates should consult with their relevant legal teams first.