Vehicle anti-idling consultation

Closed 7 Dec 2018

Opened 9 Nov 2018

Results Updated 29 Apr 2019

The consultation idicated that the majority of respondents supported the introduction of vehicle anti-idling measures to help improve air quality. This was subsequently approved through Chief Officer Decision, and idling is now subject to enforcement action across the borough.


Vehicles idling while stationary cause unnecessary use of fuel, an increase in emissions and can also create a noisy environment, especially for residents and businesses. 

Guidance from health experts at the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) suggests that those who are very sensitive to harm from air pollution should be protected from the effects of air pollution.

Hounslow's new air quality action plan pledges action on engine idling and includes our support for vehicle idling action. Whilst idling is already an offence, to carry out enforcement through the issue of penalty charge notices, it's first necessary for the authority to publish an anti-idling Traffic Management Order (TMO). If progressed, this TMO will formally prohibit engine idling across the borough, and allow Civil Enforcement Officers to issue penalty charge notices whilst on patrol. The applicable fine to the motorist would be £60, discounted to £30 if paid within 14 days.

This approach to anti-idling is not new, and other boroughs such as Westminster have already introduced measures - since July 2017, traffic marshalls in Westminster City Council have issued on-the-spot fines for those idling in 'no idling' zones.  

Why We Are Consulting

The purpose of this consultation is to give you an opportunity to assess the proposals before indicating whether you would support them, and to provide comments.

Before completing the survey on this page, further information on anti-idling can be accessed using the links below (found under 'related information'). 

If you are unable to access the survey online and would like paper copies, please email:   

Please return all comments by 07 December 2018.  

What Happens Next

Your response to this survey will be given consideration alongside all other responses, and a report detailing the response will be presented to Ward Councillors for a decision.

It will also be used to inform our Clean Air Strategy and our future action plans.


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