Today, for World Environment Day, Liberal Democrat Climate Change spokesperson Wera Hobhouse is tabling a bill to give local authorities more powers to issue fines to idling vehicles. A move welcomed by Bradford Liberal Democrat Councillors who have campaigned for no idling zones outside schools.
The Bill will increase penalties for stationary vehicle idling offences, as well as increasing fines for those who repeatedly offend.
For far too long the Conservative Government has failed to take air pollution seriously. They have lost numerous court cases over their inability to tackle the toxic fumes that Britain breathes every day. Liberal Democrats demand better.
The legislation that has been tabled is a crucial step in tackling our air pollution crisis. It will allow local authorities to clamp down on idling without the need to apply to the Government first, and it will enable them to increase fines on repeat offenders.
Bradford Liberal Democrat spokesperson for the Environment Councillor Riaz Ahmed said "We welcome this move to give local authorities the power to stop people idling their car engines outside schools which according to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) is at illegal levels in almost 90% of urban areas.".
We must do more to tackle both the climate emergency and the air pollution crisis. The Tories must stop wilfully ignoring the problem and back the Bill.