Cambridge Liberal Democrats have welcomed a new parliamentary bill aimed at clamping down on engine idling. On World Environment Day, Lib Dem MP Wera Hobhouse tabled legislation which would give local authorities the right to increase fines for drivers leaving their engine running, particularly targeting repeat offenders.
Cllr Anthony Martinelli, Lib Dem Spokesperson for the Environment, commented "We're really pleased that our parliamentary party is advancing measures to improve our air quality. We know that pollution causes premature deaths and that roads in Cambridge exceed the legal limits set by the EU.
"We have been fighting for the City Council to tackle engine idling for the last two years, but have repeatedly seen the issue dismissed as insignificant. Councils from Norwich to the Wirral and from Nottingham to Portsmouth are already acting on this issue and we need to join them to protect our health and to help tackle the climate crisis."