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Lambeth gets tough on polluting drivers

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Fines will be issued to bus and taxi drivers who leave their engines running as part of an effort to tackle high levels of air pollution in Lambeth.

Figures from campaign group Clean Air London showed that some roads in the borough had exceeded the annual limit for diesel fume pollution after just four days of the new year.

Council officers will be sent out to explain to drivers the importance of turning engines off and the impact idling has on the environment and public health. If a driver continues to idle for 2 minutes or more, a £20 Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) will be issued.

The trial will cover:

i. Buses starting and finishing their routes in Stockwell Park Walk.
ii. Black cabs waiting for fares at Waterloo Station and Clapham High Street.
iii. Buses at Streatham Hill bus station and West Norwood bus station.
iv. Schools around the borough where parents drop off and pick up their children by car.
v. Coaches in South Bank and Waterloo area.

As well as getting tough on drivers, Lambeth Labour have also launched a petition calling for the Mayor to retro-fit London buses with cleaner, greener engines. Last year the council successfully lobbied for £59,000 from the Mayor’s Air Quality fund last year to help fund clean air schemes.

Jenny Brathwaite, Cabinet Member for the Environment said:

“This initiative shows we are serious about protecting our residents from the damaging effects of air pollution. However, we need the Mayor and TfL to do more given London has the highest levels of Nitrogen Dioxide pollution in Europe. A good start would be to expand the fleet of cleaner, greener engines to Brixton, Streatham and outer London and increase investment in cycling infrastructure to get people out of cars and onto their bikes.”

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