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London drivers face idling fine






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There will soon be a $30 fine in London if people do not turn off their engine. This is to lower pollution. The fines could start on May 1. In April, traffic wardens will ask motorists to turn off their engines. If they do not, the new law will start. People and businesses complained about the air quality. London has the highest rate of death from air pollution in Britain. A spokeswoman said the government will do its best to reduce pollution.

The spokeswoman said people should keep driving. She said: "Traffic plays an important role in keeping our city moving, which is vital for its economic prosperity." She said people should understand the impact idling has on the environment. A motoring group is not happy with the fine. It said it is a "revenue-raising exercise". It said old, large vehicles that idle should get fines, and not energy-efficient cars.

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