Drivers caught leaving their engines running could be slapped with a fine.

A traffic management order could be brought in in Redbridge, meaning officers could issue on the spot penalties to guilty vehicle owners.

Fines would only be issued if a driver refuses to switch off their engine when asked to by a council officer.

A total of 74 per cent of residents said they supported anti-idling plans when Redbridge Council presented its suggestions in a public consultation earlier this year.

According to the council, engine idling is seen as one of the key contributors to air pollution.

Cllr Jas Athwal, leader of the council, said: “London’s toxic air is having a hugely detrimental effect on the lungs of our residents and we’re determined to be at the forefront of improving air quality to ensure Redbridge is one of the cleanest and greenest boroughs in London.

“Residents who unnecessarily keep their engines on are hurting themselves, the environment and passers-by so it’s critical we clamp down on vehicle idling to tackle the serious problem of air pollution and protect the public and our planet. Introducing this policy will have a hugely positive impact for both the wellbeing of our residents and the borough.”

Cllr John Howard, cabinet member for civic pride, added: “Research shows that London’s air pollution has led to the early deaths of thousands every year and that’s why we’re working hard to find ways to clean up the borough.

“Air quality is a top concern for everyone in Redbridge, and a simple change such as this can make much more of a difference than people know. I’m sure this scheme will help improve the capital’s air, as well as targeting irresponsible motorists who needlessly pollute our air and harm our health.

“We want to ensure we positively influence this behaviour change so when a driver is idling their engine, they will always be asked first of all to switch off their engine and given a leaflet.”

The council is also running an education and behaviour change campaign to encourage drivers to switch off their engines where possible.

This work includes running 15 idling action event days and school workshops and assemblies.

The fine amount will be agreed at cabinet in September.

Residents can now have their say on where they’d like enforcement to be focused, either around schools or on high streets, in a new public consultation now open until August 2.

Click here ( to fill in the council’s online questionnaire to give your feedback.