SCOTTISH drivers have been reminded not to idle their cars unnecessarily as this is not only bad for the environment, but could also get them into trouble with the law.
Delegates to the recent COP26 climate summit in Glasgow have come under fire after allegations that luxury chauffeured vehicles were spotted parked in nearby streets with their engines running.
Campaigners claimed this sends the wrong message as world leaders craft plans to reduce the impact of fossil fuels on the health of the planet.
Now, auto experts have pointed out that the practice – often used in freezing weather to help heat cars – is also illegal, because it violates traffic laws.
Duncan McClure Fisher, of the leading automotive association MotorEasy, said: “Highway Rule 123 states, ‘You must not leave a vehicle’s engine running unnecessarily when the vehicle is stationary in a lane. public ”.
“This is enforced under section 42 of the Road Traffic Act 1988, with local authorities being able to impose a fine of up to £ 80. And besides being against the law, it is obviously not terrible for the environment to have an increase in emissions escaping into the atmosphere.
A study last year found that 60% of UK motorists were unaware that it is illegal to sit in a stationary vehicle while the engine is running.
The research, conducted by auto giants Renault, also found that male drivers were 50% more likely to leave the engine running on the school circuit than women.
The idling rules apply even if you try to defrost your windshield in cold weather. And this is a situation that often occurs when waiting at a red light or in heavy traffic.
However, many modern cars are equipped with stop and start systems that shut off the engine when stationary.
The idling rule is one of a series of lesser-known regulations set out in the traffic laws that have the potential to intercept people.
Others include sleeping in a drunken car, honking your horn while stationary, and paying in drive-thru with a cell phone.