Why you SHOULDN'T leave your car running to get rid of ice

Motorists who leave the car running on icy mornings could face a £40 fine The 'stationary idling offence' was quietly introduced by the government in 2002 Leaving the engine running to get rid of ice is not only against the law, it also risks having a vehicle stolen 

By Thomas Burrows for MailOnline

Published: 09:09 GMT, 7 November 2017 | Updated: 09:25 GMT, 7 November 2017

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Motorists who leave their car running on icy mornings to warm up the engine and clear the windscreen could face a £40 fine under a little-known rule. 

Drivers are warned that leaving a car 'idling' for more than a couple of minutes wastes fuel and they could slapped with a fixed £20 fine - or £40 if not paid within three weeks.

Many councils now enforce the 'stationary idling offence' which was quietly introduced by the government in 2002.

Motorists who leave their car running on icy mornings to warm up the engine and clear the windscreen could face a £40 fine

Motorists who leave their car running on icy mornings to warm up the engine and clear the windscreen could face a £40 fine

The fines enforce Rule 123 of the Highway Code, which states: 'If the vehicle is stationary and likely to remain so for more than a couple of minutes, you should switch off the engine to reduce emissions and oil pollution.'

If the vehicle is stationary and is likely to remain so for more than a couple of

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