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Council crackdown targets vehicle emissions

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]A crackdown on vehicle emissions in Paisley town centre last weekend saw over 300 vehicles stopped and checked by wardens from Renfrewshire Council.

In total, 332 drivers were stopped off Wallneuk Road and their cars examined, with five vehicles failing an emissions test.

The owners of the five cars in question were issued with a fixed penalty notice, which will be waived if they provide evidence of having the fault fixed within 14 days.

car-emissions

A crackdown on vehicle emissions in Paisley town centre last weekend saw over 300 vehicles stopped and checked by wardens from Renfrewshire Council.

In total, 332 drivers were stopped off Wallneuk Road and their cars examined, with five vehicles failing an emissions test.

The owners of the five cars in question were issued with a fixed penalty notice, which will be waived if they provide evidence of having the fault fixed within 14 days.

17 private hire taxis were also tested over the weekend, with all vehicles passing the test.

Renfrewshire Wardens were able to carry out emissions tests with officers from Police Scotland checking for general road worthiness and driver details.

Councillor Eddie Devine, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board, said: “This was a very useful exercise with hundreds of Renfrewshire residents getting the message about vehicle emissions.

“We’re especially keen to discourage vehicle idling. An idling engine produces up to twice as many exhaust emissions as an engine in motion, and unnecessary idling is an offence – drivers who fail to turn their engine off when asked to do so can be issued with a £20 fixed penalty notice.

“Our message to vehicle owners is “don’t be an idler” and Renfrewshire wardens will patrol ‘hotspot’ areas outside schools and bus terminals at busy times to speak with drivers.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]