Anyone, including drivers & passengers can now be issued with a £150 on-the-spot fine if caught littering
From 1 April 2018, anyone in the UK caught littering can be handed an on-the-spot fine of £150.
To crackdown on the huge problem of roadside litter in the UK, the fine has been increased from £80 to £150 and now it’s not just the driver of a vehicle who faces being fined, as any passengers caught throwing litter out of a window can also be issued with an on-the-spot fine.
It’s estimated that clearing up litter on our streets costs councils £680 million a year, so the new tougher punishment will hopefully encourage people to think twice before throwing rubbish on the ground.
From this month, anyone caught littering risks a bigger fine, which includes drivers and their passengers.
“There is no excuse for car litter louts,” said Edmund King, president of the AA.
Mr King added that throwing rubbish from our vehicles not only makes the environment look bad but also costs millions and puts road workers’ lives at risk as they have the job of clearing it up.
Drivers and passengers should bag their rubbish up and dispose of it in the nearest bin – it’s not difficult to do and helps keep Britain tidy.
Around 200,000 bags of litter are cleared from the side of UK roads every year, whilst one in seven motorists confessed to littering.
“These new fines will tackle anti-social behaviour by hitting litter louts in the pocket, whether it’s litter that is thrown from a vehicle or dropped in the street,” said Environment Minister Therese Coffey.
Environment spokesman for the Local Government Association (LGA), Martin Tett, said: “Councils being able to issue increased fines to litter louts, who show no consideration for the community they live in, will send a strong message to those who think their laziness is more important than the environment in which they live.”
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