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Caught idling at school? You could be in for a ticking off…and a fine


Mums and dads are warned to wrap-up warm to avoid fines at the school gates after new research revealed more than one in ten leaves their motor running while waiting for their kids.

Experts at leading price comparison site Quotezone.co.uk are urging drivers to stop their cars idling outside schools in order to reduce air pollution and avoid fines of up to £80.

Idling, the term used for leaving a vehicle’s engine running while it’s stationary, is banned at schools because it creates harmful emissions that contribute to air pollution and can damage children’s health.

Motorists are being urged to wrap up with extra coats, hats and gloves this winter so they don’t need to keep the engine running to fuel the heater.

New research by Quotezone.co.uk found 11% of drivers fail to turn off their engines while waiting outside school – therefore committing the offence.

Drivers who breach the law by leaving their engines running unnecessarily risk receiving a £20 penalty notice that will double if not paid in full within 28 days.

The charges are even higher in London, where motorists are issued a £40 fine that can increase to £80 if not settled within a two-week period.

Greg Wilson, Founder of Quotezone.co.uk said: “It can be tempting to leave the engine running during the colder, darker months when the car is bright and cosy.  But drivers need to be aware that by running their engines, they are wasting fuel and potentially damaging the health of the school children who may be breathing in harmful fumes.  Vehicle emissions are especially harmful for kids as they breathe more rapidly than adults and therefore take in more pollution.

“They’re also costing themselves money by burning fuel they could be conserving and that’s not to mention the long-term damage to the environment and the air quality.” 

Researchers at Quotezone.co.uk polled 1,000 motorists to ask them about their school drop off habits.  Quotezone.co.uk helps around 3 million users every year find savings on household bills and essentials including van insurance, bicycle insurance and home insurance

This article is intended as generic information only and is not intended to apply to anybody’s specific circumstances, demands or needs. The views expressed are not intended to provide any financial service or to give any recommendation or advice. Products and services are only mentioned for illustrative rather than promotional purposes.

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