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Drivers could be fined for leaving car running

Councils could fine drivers from today

From today, motorists in the boroughs of Westminster and Islington who leave their engines idling could be fined. Traffic marshals will be able to hand out £20 fines to drivers who leave the engine running while stuck in traffic.

The policy aims to cut air pollution, which London Mayor Boris Johnson claims is linked to the deaths of thousands of Londoners each year. Traffic marshals will firstly ask drivers to switch their engines off, with fines issued as a last resort.


Poll: Only 15% on Londoners have ditched the tax disc

A poll has found that only 15% of Londoners have got rid of their tax discs since they became redundant - among the lowest rates in the country.

Tax discs became redundant last October, but many motorists are hanging onto them. Credit: PA

The AA/Populus survey of almost 20,000 drivers found that only two in ten drivers nationwide had ditched the disc, with 43% of them leaving it as a reminder when the tax was due.

Almost on in ten respondents had not removed it because the car would "look odd" without it, with Londoners most likely to think this.

The emergence of electronic checks led to the scrapping of the vehicle excise duty car tax disc last October.