Stop car idling, don't be fuelish!

Stop car idling, don't be fuelish!

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Jorge Tirado started this petition to UK Parliament

Let’s make the UK Parliament revise the below law and make it tougher for idling drivers!

“Vehicle idling is an offence against the Road Traffic (Vehicle Emissions/ Fixed Penalty/ England/ Regulations 2002). The law states that is an offence to idle your engine unnecessarily when stationary. If you fail to turn your engine off after being spoken to, you may be issued with a fixed penalty notice of £20”.

Idling Myths & FACTS

What’s idling? Idling is leaving your engine running while your car is not moving. Common reasons for idling include waiting for someone, mobile texting or warming up the car.

Myth: Leaving the car engine uses less fuel.

FACT: Contrary to popular belief, restarting your car does not burn more fuel than leaving it idle. Restarting a V-6 engine uses about the same amount of fuel as idling for 10 seconds. You will save money and reduce pollution by shutting it down.


Myth: Restarting my engine is bad for it.

FACT: Since early ‘90s, nearly all passenger cars come equipped with fuel injection technology instead of carburettors. This efficient delivery of fuel to your car’s engine prevents oil dilution. Frequent restarts are no longer hard on a car’s engine and battery.


Myth: I need to warm up my engine.

FACT: Idling is not an effective way to warm up your vehicle, even in cold weather. The best way to warm up your car is to drive it. Your car needs no more than 30 seconds to fully circulate oil on freezing days. An idling engine isn’t operating at its peak temperature, creating residues that can condense on cylinder walls than can damage your engine.


Myth: Idling is good for your engine.

FACT: Excessive idling can damage your engine components, including cylinders, spark plugs and exhaust. This also leads to increasing fuel consumption.


- Vehicle emissions are a major contributor to air pollution and idling can produce more pollution per minute than driving.

- Children are even more vulnerable to air pollution than adults, because they breathe much air per kilo of body mass.

- How did these habits get started? Early diesel fuelled trucks (1930’s) had inherent problems. The engine design made a poor start, especially in cold weather. Over the years, fuel engine technology has improved tremendously, but for some reason, the old habit of leaving the engine running has stayed with us.

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