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Motorists could face fines for engine idling

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton is considering laws to tackle engine idling, which could see motorists face fines, the Irish Examiner has reported.

Fines would be imposed for any unnecessary engine idling outside places such as schools, hospitals, and care homes.

However, the minister could launch a public awareness campaign to highlight the damage engine idling causes.

A spokesperson for the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment said: “Transitioning away from fossil fuels is at the heart of the Climate Action Plan. The Plan includes actions which will have a significant impact on improving air quality.”

It is an offence under Section 87 of the Road Traffic Regulations 1963 to leave a vehicle unattended on a public road with the engine running, but unlike other countries, such as the UK, there does not appear to be legislative provision for unnecessary engine idling.

Countries such as Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, and Germany have introduced engine idling time limit laws. Most of the states in the US also have anti-idling regulations.