Turn off your engine or pay a fine
DRIVERS welcomed spot checks by Oxford City Council officers today, aimed at cutting air pollution in the city centre.
Motorists will be hit by £40 fines - and ultimately could face court action - if they leave their engines running for just a matter of minutes.
Ian Wright, public health manager for the city council's environmental health department, toured the city centre with fellow council officer Tony Nanton for the first day's enforcement today.
They carried out checks in Queen Street, Magdalen Street, Cornmarket Street, George Street and outside Oxford railway station, off Botley Road.
No fines were handed out, but Mr Wright said the council had a policy of warning drivers before issuing them with a ticket.
He added: "If we spot a driver whose engine is running unnecessarily we approach the driver and warn them to turn it off.