…well, fear not. Some vital services are actually being created:
Teams of “eco-marshals” are to patrol London telling taxi drivers to switch off their engines when stationary to cut pollution.
Oh, and don’t worry if you’re not a cab-driver. They are planning on targeting you too, if this works…
The crackdown is the start of a series of similar campaigns aimed at other professional drivers, as well as private motorists.
I can just imagine the reception they’ll get…
“And, of course, there is the ‘slippery slope’ argument. It’s ABS on bikes today. What tomorrow?”
This being a ‘greenwash’ initiative, everyone and his dog is jumping on the bandwagon:
It will be backed by new Department for Transport-approved signs urging drivers to switch off engines when they are not needed. Councils will also adopt the campaign.
TfL said: “We want to work with drivers not against them, which is why some of the eco-marshals are former cabbies themselves and know the challenges faced. Turning off the engine when possible also cuts fuel consumption and so saves drivers money.”
If that’s really the case, with the ever-rising price of petrol, this’d be a self-correcting problem, wouldn’t it?
So why isn’t it? Any cabbies reading ‘Orphans’ like to shed some light on it?