Fined €50 for keeping warm

NEWS: Keeping the engine running to stay warm could cost you €50 in Switzerland, even in the winter.

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DRIVERS FINED €50 FOR KEEPING WARM.

Engine running laws enforced even in the winter.

Drivers have had and do have all kinds of ways of keeping themselves and their engines warm. Unsurprisingly, lighting a fire underneath the sump has died out as a practice in Western Europe though it’s still common elsewhere. The @PoleOfCold expedition took this picture this week in south east Russia. Keep up with all the action as they prepare to cross into Kazakhstan at www.poleofcold.com. There are still 10,000 unhospitable kilometers to go.

Drivers have had and do have all kinds of ways of keeping themselves and their engines warm in winter. Unsurprisingly, lighting a fire underneath the sump has died out as a practice in Western Europe though it’s still common elsewhere. The @PoleOfCold expedition took this picture this week in south east Russia. Keep up with all the action as the team prepares to cross into Kazakhstan at www.poleofcold.com There are still 10,000 unhospitable kilometers to go.

The weather in Switzerland has been record breaking this winter.

A low of -31 degrees was recorded at Glattalp in central Switzerland overnight on 28 January.

Residents in isolated parts of Ticino are currently having supplies airlifted in.

Motorways and roads in the south of the country have been regularly covered with snow leading to truck bans on the A2 and A13 motorways almost on a daily basis.

Northern Switzerland has not been quite so badly hit though temperatures have been at or below zero this week. Even so police are enforcing rules that drivers must turn off engines when at rest for sustained periods.

On Thursday night, @EuropeCourier – returning from a trip to the Czech Republic – was woken up and fined €50 for keeping his engine running at a rest stop near Zurich.

A French tourist parked nearby was also fined.

As well as being against the law in most European countries, drivers leaving engines running at the height of summer to keep the air conditioning working, for instance, is irritating and inconsiderate. But is it such a menace in the dead of night in the depths of winter?

However, rules are rules. Be aware, and pack an extra blanket just in case. Or spend all of your money on a pre-heater.

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