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Expand Highway Code relating to the running of engines of parked vehicles

Submitted by Grahame Shadbolt on Wednesday 16th September 2020

Published on Friday 16th October 2020

Current status: Open

Open until: Friday 16th April 2021

Current Signatures: 22
(count is updated approximately hourly)

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Expand Highway Code relating to the running of engines of parked vehicles

Petition Details

Expand Highway Code Rule 123 "You must not leave a vehicle's engine running unnecessarily while that vehicle is stationary on a public road", to apply to all roads & open spaces inc. car parks, irrespective of whether they are public or private. National advertising campaign to educate the public.

Additional Information

The law currently prohibits ‘vehicle idling’ but expanding the Highway Code and a public awareness campaign could help reduce damaging emissions and improve public health. It is common practice for car drivers to park up with their engines running e.g. when taking phone calls, waiting in drop off zones (hospitals, railway stations, schools), delivery drivers, etc. Private roads & spaces to be included as the air polluted at these sites is NOT PRIVATELY OWNED and should not be regarded as such.


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