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    • geek84
    • By geek84 3rd Feb 18, 4:02 PM
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    Leaving car engine running
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    • 3rd Feb 18, 4:02 PM
    Leaving car engine running 3rd Feb 18 at 4:02 PM
    Hi Folks

    Every morning someone in our street leaves their car engine running for about 10 minutes. I think he/she does that in order to warm up the car, but it is very annoying.

    Aren't there any laws stating you can't do that?

    Thanks
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    • Richard53
    • By Richard53 14th Feb 18, 9:32 AM
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    If it was running it wasn't doing anything much. Air below about 4c simply doesn't contain any significant moisture for the aircon to remove, hence some companies save fuel by not allowing the compressor to run. More likely it had some instant heating system?
    Originally posted by IanMSpencer
    I don't think so. It was only a bread-and-butter Mondeo. I used to leave the A/C on auto, so it ran 24/7/52 as it was designed to.


    Whether it was doing anything or not, it was brilliant at demisting the screen. It's something you don't really appreciate until you don't have it. My current Land Rover is still misted up after 20 miles No A/C plus leaky door seals.
    An hour alone spells freedom to the slave.
    • IanMSpencer
    • By IanMSpencer 14th Feb 18, 10:56 AM
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    I don't think so. It was only a bread-and-butter Mondeo. I used to leave the A/C on auto, so it ran 24/7/52 as it was designed to.


    Whether it was doing anything or not, it was brilliant at demisting the screen. It's something you don't really appreciate until you don't have it. My current Land Rover is still misted up after 20 miles No A/C plus leaky door seals.
    Originally posted by Richard53
    Petrol better at warming up than diesel?

    However, some cars just have good ventilation systems. I use just 2 settings on my Merc, demist and auto and it just gets it right. I also always spend some time pointing vents in the right direction when I get a car and sulkily put them back after passengers have had the temerity to fiddle with them.

    Modern cars are so much better than the days where it needed muscles to slide the air direction adjuster and the fan had 2 settings, off and deafening asthmatic.
    • numsadog
    • By numsadog 14th Feb 18, 11:37 AM
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    Its common where I live for some to run engines on frosty mornings for up to three quarters of an hour. Scraping frost and ice from windows seems to be a lost practice.
    • Richard53
    • By Richard53 14th Feb 18, 11:53 AM
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    Petrol better at warming up than diesel?
    Originally posted by IanMSpencer
    Nope, a chilly old Tdci diesel that used to take 5-6 miles to get any warmth coming through.


    Once I had changed the soggy pollen filter, the interior was always dry and sweet-smelling, and I put that down to running the A/C full-time.
    An hour alone spells freedom to the slave.
    • Robisere
    • By Robisere 14th Feb 18, 12:21 PM
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    My 17 plate Tucson CRDi has a "Front Demist" which gives a blast of warm, dry air from cold start, with Aircon light on. Must be some kind of electrical heating, but it does clear the screen in quick time.
    There may be more than one way to skin a cat.
    But the result is always inedible.

    • derrick
    • By derrick 14th Feb 18, 3:26 PM
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    So why does the legislation that covers this offence clearly state that the fixed penalty is £20?


    https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2002/1808/contents/made
    Originally posted by George Michael
    2 different bits of legislation, the one you have quoted is emissions/pollution.

    There is one under motoring legislation, "The Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986, " commonly known as "quitting the vehicle", (same as leaving headlights on whilst parked up), "Leaving motor vehicles unattended"


    Also see Rule 123 of the Highway Code.


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    • IanMSpencer
    • By IanMSpencer 14th Feb 18, 3:45 PM
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    2 different bits of legislation, the one you have quoted is emissions/pollution.

    There is one under motoring legislation, "The Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986, " commonly known as "quitting the vehicle", (same as leaving headlights on whilst parked up), "Leaving motor vehicles unattended"

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    Originally posted by derrick
    Interestingly, my reading of "Leaving motor vehicles unattended" appears to tell me that I am breaking the law by parking an automatic in park without the handbrake on. "any parking brake with which the vehicle is required to be equipped is effectively set."
    • Car 54
    • By Car 54 14th Feb 18, 4:18 PM
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    Interestingly, my reading of "Leaving motor vehicles unattended" appears to tell me that I am breaking the law by parking an automatic in park without the handbrake on. "any parking brake with which the vehicle is required to be equipped is effectively set."
    Originally posted by IanMSpencer
    You are indeed. 3 points and a fine.
    • Zola.
    • By Zola. 14th Feb 18, 5:31 PM
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    You know you have life easy when you are making threads like this...
    • Warwick Hunt
    • By Warwick Hunt 19th Feb 18, 3:21 PM
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    You are indeed. 3 points and a fine.
    Originally posted by Car 54
    No points, the offence isn’t endorsable.
    • DoaM
    • By DoaM 19th Feb 18, 3:26 PM
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    I also always spend some time pointing vents in the right direction when I get a car and sulkily put them back after passengers have had the temerity to fiddle with them.
    Originally posted by IanMSpencer
    I feel your pain.
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