As if UK motorists weren’t allready facing a lot of charges and taxes, here’s another pilot scheme, stupid if you ask us, which is scheduled to be introduced in Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, UK and expanded if the results are satisfying. In order to try and cut down pollution, the West Sussex Council plans on imposing a £20 spot fine if motorists don’t stop their engines while stuck in traffic.
A spokesman for the local authorities said: A spokesman said: ‘We want to get people out of the habit of leaving their cars ticking over out of convenience. We would stress that this is just an investigation at this stage. If it were ever introduced the fixed penalty would probably be £20, but we would hope the vast majority of motorists would be willing to cooperate. Air pollution is a particularly important issue for our residents, particularly those with asthma, lung and heart conditions.’
Ok, we understand, the environment and air quality are very important, but this penalty seems really ridiculous and we’re not the only ones thinking this way, because local motorists are against the idea too. One of the reason would be the fact that, if all motorists were to stop their engines, when it’s time to move again, some cars might not start and the traffic jams would only get worse. Also, studies showed that stopping the engine is only effective in terms of emissions if the car stops for more than a minute. Less than that, the fuel consumption and emissions caused by starting the engine again are higher.