Parents who leave car engines running on school run to be handed fines

By David Prior at

Parents who leave their car engines running while on the school run could be handed an £80 on-the-spot fine under plans revealed today by Trafford Council.

The council is planning a crackdown on car ‘idling’ as part of its priority to improve air quality in and around schools across the borough.

Its Executive Committee will consider a report called Safety Around Schools at its meeting next Monday, and is recommending issuing on-the-spot fines to drivers who leave engines running while their cars are stationary. Fines start at £20, rising to £40 if not paid on time.

Officers believe that reducing traffic and improving road safety at the start and end of the school day will encourage children to walk or cycle to school and will have a positive impact on their health and attainment levels.

Cllr Stephen Adshead, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Environment, Air Quality and Climate Change, said: “Trafford Council is dedicated to improving road safety and air quality at schools across the borough.

“The health of parents, children and staff at our schools is of paramount importance. We will do everything we can to ensure they are breathing in clean air and are safe in the knowledge they can take their children to school in safety. The safety and health and wellbeing of our residents is a major priority.”