Drivers who are repeatedly caught with the engine of their vehicle running while they are stopped could be fined instantly under government plans to help deal with air pollution.

Environment secretary Michael Gove said he supported calls from some London councils to introduce stronger measures to tackle idling engines, which can cause more pollution than when a car is moving.

Few drivers have been fined for idling under the rules of the present system, where police can issue a fine only after they have given the driver a warning which is then ignored for over a minute.

The fine is £20 or £80, depending on how the local authorities choose to enforce the law.

Since 2017, Westminster Council has issued just 37 fines.

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