NETIZEN REMINDS DRIVERS THAT IDLING CARS MUST TURN OFF ENGINES

A netizen shared his complaint about a stationary car parked for over an hour at the No Parking zone near his block’s dustbin chute.

According to the netizen, the driver had left the engine on and was fiddling with his phone, causing the whole area to stink of petrol fumes. The constant sound from the engine was also a nuisance to neighbors like himself, who lived on the second floor.

The netizen said that he called the Housing & Development Board enforcement officers, but no action was taken. Disappointed with their nonchalant attitude, he decided to post the photograph of the vehicle online to warn other motorists to turn off their engines and not park illegally.

Under the Environmental Protection and Management (Vehicular Emissions) Regulations, it is an offence to leave the engine of a motor vehicle running while it is stationary for reasons other than traffic conditions. Motor vehicles are a major source of air pollution, emitting gases such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, and fine particles such as PM2.5. They also give out carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas which contributes to global warming.

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