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Clean Air Zones for St Albans

Clean Air Zones for St Albans

Plans to reduce air pollution in the St Albans District by creating Clean Air Zones are to be considered. They would be set up in areas where the air quality is poor and where vulnerable people such as the elderly or children are concentrated. A scheme to use Civil Enforcement Officers to fine drivers who keep their engines idling while parked will also be looked at.

Air pollution can contribute to heart and lung disease with one of the major causes being exhaust emissions from vehicles. These can build up where there is slow moving or stationary traffic.

The Government has outlined anti-pollution measures that could be taken within zones including encouraging green travel and optimising traffic flow to reduce congestion. It is making £255 million available to local authorities in England to help them create such zones.

Under the Road Traffic Regulations, it is an offence to leave a vehicle engine running unnecessarily while parked. An enforcement officer may request a driver to switch off the engine and issue a fine of £20 if they refuse to do so. However, they can only enforce this rule in roads where parking restrictions are in place.

The Committee recommended that the Council’s existing Civil Enforcement Officers should look out for idling vehicles, speak to the drivers and issue fines where appropriate. In addition, the option of employing extra staff dedicated to the task was also supported.

To view the report, please see:

by Philip Kenchington, - 10/11/2017 00:00


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