Orkney Islands Council is urging all motorists to switch over to switching off, following concerns raised by the public about fumes from idling vehicles.
Responding to recent complaints, the Council will also be carrying out spot checks at problem areas around Orkney and will issue warnings to drivers found with engines idling unnecessarily.
OIC Environmental Health Manager David Brown said: “An idling vehicle can produce up to twice as many exhaust emissions than a vehicle in motion.
“This can clearly have an impact on the comfort and health of people in the immediate area and is particularly a concern for people with asthma, children and the elderly. It’s also against the law.”
He added: “We have a legal duty to monitor air quality in Orkney.
“During spot checks, drivers who don’t switch off their engine when asked to do so by one of our officers could face a fixed penalty – and you can be fined more than once.”
Vehicle idling is an offence under Scottish Road Traffic regulations. The law states it is an offence to idle an engine unnecessarily.
The legislation covers all vehicles on public roads, with exceptions such as for vehicles stopped at traffic lights or vehicles defrosting windscreens.
Unnecessary vehicle idling is an offence under the Road Traffic (Vehicle Emissions) (Fixed Penalty) (Scotland) Regulations 2003 that can result in a fixed penalty notice of £20. The legislation covers all vehicles on public roads including buses, taxis and private cars.
The legislation does not apply to vehicles:
Idling is a continuing offence, which means that should a driver continue to idle their engine unnecessarily they could receive more than one fixed penalty.
More information is available here.