Manchester City Council

Environmental problems Smoke and fire

Exhaust smoke and idle vehicles

Well maintained vehicles should produce very little smoke, except when they are starting up, accelerating hard or climbing steep hills.  However, some vehicles emit dense plumes of smoke and may not meet legal emissions standards. 

Excessively smoking vehicles cause air pollution and can be a health hazard.

You will need:

  • vehicle registration number (and taxi licence number if applicable);
  • company name (if apparent);

We will.

Investigate, in partnership with other agencies, take action against drivers who cause pollution and issue fixed penalty notices. 

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