All vehicles are required to meet exhaust emission standards, which are set out under the Road Vehicle (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986.
The Road Traffic (Vehicle Emissions) (Fixed Penalty) (England) Regulations 2002 prohibits local authorities from serving fixed penalty notices for vehicle emissions unless an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) has been declared within the boundaries of the authority. Middlesbrough Council has not declared an AQMA and as a result can't serve Fixed Penalty Notices for non-compliance with vehicle exhaust emission limits.
When resources permit, the council runs free emissions testing days at different locations within the borough.
Vehicle emissions and idling engines
Under the Road Traffic (Vehicle Emissions) (Fixed Penalty) (England) Regulations 2002, the driver of a vehicle which is stationary on a road may be requested by an authorised officer to stop the vehicle's engine.
If you have a complaint relating to idling vehicles on a road please complete the online form. Alternatively, you can call the Environment Contact Centre on 01642 726001.