The law is straightforward. Irrespective of who within a vehicle throws litter, it is the registered keeper that faces the consequences. That is news to 33% of motorists. The purpose of this policy is to encourage registered keepers to ensure their passengers behave. The maximum fine is now £150 (was £80). Further:
- The default penalty has risen from £75 to £100
- In April 2019, the minimum penalty rises from £50 to £65
Harm caused by litter
- Kills wildlife
- Pollutes the environment
- Makes the streets look scruffy
- Creates a bad impression for tourists
- Blocks drains which increases the risk of flooding
- Diverts financial resources from (say) pothole repair
“We need to get the message out there that being a tosser is socially unacceptable and - regardless of who throws the rubbish - if it comes out of your vehicle you are responsible", she affirmed.
“Tossing rubbish from vehicles spoils the environment, costs millions and puts road workers’ lives at risk when they have to clear up. The majority of our members support higher fines for littering and we welcome these steps to tackle this unnecessary problem. It is not difficult to bag it and bin it”, Mr King stated.
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