The French city of Nancy fines drivers who do not turn off their car’s engine when they stop with 135 euros, reports in “Figaro”. The city hall posted a communiqué on Twitter, according to which Socialist Mayor Mathieu Klen issued an order prohibiting drivers from leaving their car engines running when they are not participating in traffic on the streets.
The measure aims not only to protect public health, but also to save energy.
City authorities have followed the example of London and some cities in Belgium and Switzerland, where turning off the engine is now mandatory.
In France, an ordinance dated November 12, 1963 states that stopped or parked vehicles must have the engine off, except when necessary, such as for warming up before setting off in cold weather. The traffic law provides for a fine of 90 euros for violators.
In Nancy, the obligation to switch off the engine when stationary does not apply to ambulances, police, refrigerated food trucks, and when the engine is warmed up in sub-zero temperatures.
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