Fear, Uncertainty & Doubt (FUD)

Engine Idling and Vehicle Pollution Posters / Best Practice Letters / Links to News / Videos etc

Last modified: 2021-05-19

3 min(s) read

A big pet peeve of many electric vehicle owners is watching petrol/diesel engine vehicles parked idling whilst children/people etc walk past, whilst it is against the law rarely does this get enforced which leads to repeat offenders often completely oblivious to the facts, this page provides a variety of useful content to help any EV owner who wishes to help battle this. Of course, even electric vehicles aren’t completely perfect, so walking/cycling etc will be better if possible but that isn’t always a solution, in other words just because we’re EV drivers doesn’t mean we’re perfect!

Show and Tell events

  • Consider running a Tesla/EV Show and Tell event at a local school first, this is a great way to get your foot into the door for further communication with the powers that be at council level whilst also creating superb education and support for children learning about EVs and pollution.
  • Breezometer Air Quality Map (web or phone app) & 30-day historical calculator – A way to show air pollution on a computer/smartphone/tablet etc.

Letters to politicians/council


Packs, Posters & Council websites

Helpful organisations

The Law

Make sure you know the law:

“Stationary idling is an offence under section 42 of the Road Traffic Act 1988. The Act enforces rule 123 of the Highway Code, which states: “You must not leave a vehicle’s engine running unnecessarily while that vehicle is stationary on a public road.” Doing this can incur a £20 fixed-penalty fine under the Road Traffic (Vehicle Emissions) Regulations 2002. This goes up to £40 if unpaid within a given time frame.”

YouTube Videos


  • Exhaust Fume signage (or push local councils/schools to properly do it with the right authority etc)

Do you have the expertise? Share your knowledge!

Remember modifying your vehicle may invalidate part of your vehicle’s warranty.
Therefore, be careful and check with Tesla if unsure. Also any modifications will most likely need to be OK’d with your car insurance company.

To the best of our knowledge, these guides are correct and factual. However we take no responsibility if something does go wrong.

If you spot a mistake please ensure you alert us.