Fines reduce cases of idling engines
The number of complaints against idling engines of stationary vehicles has dropped from 1,802 last year to 1,000 in the first 11 months of the year, indicating the Motor Vehicle Idling (Fixed Penalty) Ordinance, which came into operation on Dec 15, 2011, is having an effect. Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing said traffic wardens of the police and the Environmental Protection Inspectors (EPIs) of the Environmental Protection Department have taken 667 joint enforcement actions since the ordinance came into effect. The officers timed 3,070 vehicles and issued fixed penalties to 86 drivers. The remaining drivers either switched off the engines or drove their vehicles away immediately.