Thurrock drivers could be fined for failing to turn off their engines

By Local Democracy Reporter
Steve Shaw

DRIVERS in Thurrock could be penalised for failing to turn off their engines after parking, according to new proposals due to be discussed by council leaders.

Members of the council’s cabinet will meet to consider whether fixed penalty notices of up to £40 should be handed to motorists who refuse to switch-off their engines when asked by council officers.

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It would mean that vehicles inside a designated area in the borough will only be permitted to be stationary with their engine running when at traffic lights, or when the engine is being run to locate a defect or power machinery.

The penalty for the offence will be £20 and this will be doubled to £40 if it is not paid within 28 days.

Details of where the ‘Engine Switch-Off Zone’ will be located are limited by a council report explains that it would be most effective if implemented in areas where housing, schools and level-crossings are close to idling traffic.

It adds: “With careful consideration of where these powers are used, they have the potential to make a significant improvement on the health and wellbeing of our communities.”

Other plans could see homeowners hit with fines of up to £400 if they fail to properly deal with household waste.

The council explained that homeowners must ensure waste is properly disposed of and have a responsibility for preventing it from causing environmental pollution or causing harm to anyone.

The fines will be levelled at the owners houses, caravans and domestic properties, such as a block of flats.

Council papers note: “The penalties applicable are minimum £150 and maximum £400. It should be noted that Thurrock Council always seek the maximum penalty due to the widespread effect that fly tipping has on our local communities, members of the public and environment.”

Thurrock Council was asked to comment.

The proposals will be discussed at a cabinet meeting on September 11.

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