Experts say air pollution from exhaust fumes kills more than twice as many people as road accidents in Britain. More than 5,000 people die prematurely from conditions like lung cancer and heart disease because of emissions, those who die from air pollution tend to die about 10 years earlier than they would normally.
From 23rd March Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is introducing £20 fines for motorists who idle in a bid to tackle air pollution. The council says the fines will only be issued when drivers refuse to switch off their engine.
The fines will be handed out by local civil enforcement officers, community safety patrol officers and environmental officers.
The initiative is part of the Broughs ‘Clean Air Campaign’ encouraging residents to be proactive in reducing their carbon emissions. The Council is aiming make the borough carbon neutral by 2030, after declaring a ‘Climate Emergency’ in July last year.