boroughpaul wrote:i was thinking more along the lines of solving crimes and policing the streets
Colinio wrote:No-one mentioned the police.
Local authorities sort out minor things like parking, red light contraventions, fly tipping, and yes idling vehicles.
It is part of their remit and has nothing to do with the police.
Meanwhile police do the solving crimes and street policing (and turning out in droves to help TfL catch people skipping a two quid bus or train fare).
As an Air Quality Management Area (the whole of Southwark) a local authority officer can issue a fixed penalty notice for an idling vehicle. City of London, Wandsworth and other (hardly radical commie) boroughs do this rigorously and publicise it via their websites (eg. http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/business/environmental-health/environmental-protection/air-quality/Pages/idling-vehicle-engines.aspx). But Southwark can't be bothered. Something for a councillor to look into.
Air pollution causes thousands of premature deaths in London every year and asthma to develop in children... and the Sahara dust issue was a clever media-friendly excuse by a government that has absolutely no plan to tackle the real problem which is our home grown smog from industry, vehicles and construction. Air quality deaths and is in breach of EU laws (which Paris also is - and has banned cars for entire days to deal with it - this will start happening in London if we are not to pay £millions in fines). Any SE1 resident should be aware of air quality as a worsening health issue.
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