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Should cities pay residents to spot traffic offenders?

Calls for stricter idling enforcement are increasing across cities
Photo: Peter Blanchard

Have you ever been infuriated by drivers who leave their engine running while popping to the shop or doing the school run? An initiative proposed by UK think tank Bright Blue could soon offer the public a way to air their grievances–and earn some cash on the side.

In a new report on air pollution, the group has suggested that cities with a Clean Air Zone should introduce a ‘citizen based reporting scheme’, in which members of the public would be paid for policing polluters by videoing vehicles that have been idling for at least a minute and forwarding footage to the local council. Citizens would then be rewarded for their vigilance with a 25 percent cut of any fine paid by the offending motorist.

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