London, March 3 (ANI): Drivers in the UK, who leave their engines running while the car is not moving, will soon attract a fine of 20pounds.
North Lincolnshire Council is set to become the first local body to issue the fixed penalty notices to "irresponsible drivers who are not considering the environment".
The Council has also created a specially-trained team having more powers than traditional traffic wardens.
The legislation, introduced by Labour, will see similar teams being set up across Britain by 2011 in a crack down on motorists.
According to an official report, fines will mainly be imposed on lorry drivers who leave engines running while loading and unloading. But the penalty can also cover drivers who do not switch their ignition off while waiting to pick up passengers.
The plan's supporters say it will help cut down carbon dioxide emissions and tackle climate change.
However, some people are not impressed by the new scheme.
"This is another unfair tax on drivers that is clearly aimed at raising money rather than improving road safety." Nigel Humphries, of the Association of British Drivers, said: "It's ust an absolutely ridiculous money-making scam. Engines do not use much fuel when they are idling," the Daily Express quoted Matthew Elliott, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, as aying. (ANI)