I’d have to rank London as one of my all time favorite cities, since it’s like Manhattan with more people and worse air. More street crime, too, in recent years, which the police can’t seem to get a handle on. They blame it on addicts, who apparently have more rights to roll tourists and residents than victims do to protect themselves; since the city can’t fix that problem, it’s easier for them to address the pollution issue. The latest plan from Mayor Boris Johnson involves targeting motorists who leave their car idling when stopped which creates both noise pollution and air pollution. When the rules go into effect, drivers who leave their vehicle running while stopped will face fines of up to $193 for their offense.
The rule targets not only the usual suspects (delivery drivers and busses), but also the British equivalent of soccer moms, who tend to leave their engines running while waiting to pick up the kids. Johnson’s environmental advisor, Isabel Dedring, sees air pollution around schools as a major concern, which helps justify the fines. Not content with posting the no-idle zones, Johnson is even setting up a website where residents can narc on their fellow Londoners, especially those who are guilty of being repeat offenders.