The Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources on Monday responded to SIIA Director Nicholas Fang's question, in his capacity as Nominated Member of Parliamenton, on enforcement against idling engines.
Mr Fang had asked the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, whether there are plans to enforce legislation that will cut down incidents of motorists leaving their cars idling while stationary and producing pollutive fumes, especially with Singapore moving forward with measures to improve air quality.
Dr Balakrishnan wrote a written reply in the Ministry's website on Monday, 10 September, and was featured by the Straits Times on Friday, 14 September.
The reply noted that last year, the National Environment Agency (NEA) received 2,021 complaints about exhaust fumes and fuel wastage, up from 1,902 in 2010 and 1,801 in 2009. This shows that the public is increasingly intolerant of errant motorists.
It also highlighted that the NEA is educating drivers to switch off their engines when they are not on the move, and is working with large fleet operators on this.
Dr Balakrishnan underscored that his "Ministry and NEA will continue to promote greater compliance through our educational efforts and enforcement actions against those who idle their engines. NEA will also continue with its dialogue sessions with fleet operators and the [National Association of Travel Agents Singapore], to remind drivers to switch off the engines when their vehicles are stationary. Members of the public can also help us spread this message."
The Minister's response is available here: Parliament Q&As (Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, 10 Sep 2012)
The Straits Times article is available here: More complaints about motorists leaving engines on (Straits Times, 14 Sep 2012)