Manchester city’s traffic wardens will have new powers to issue an £80 green fine to motorists who unnecessarily leave their engines running.
The news has been welcomed by many as a useful green approach, but concerns about how the fine will be fairly enforced have also been raised. The RAC Foundation has come across many an example of over-zealous, target driven traffic wardens who do not give motorists a ‘fair’ time to put right a traffic offence. Although this intiative is welcomed, clear guidance on acceptable waiting times should be drawn-up to ensure motorists are fairly treated by this new system.
(Source: Express 25th June 2007)