Increased fines for ‘litter louts’

Image caption Some councils in England have previously agreed increased fines for littering

People dropping litter, including through vehicles, face increased on-the-spot penalties of up to £ 150 as brand new penalties come into effect.

Councils across England are being provided the power to raise fines from the earlier ceiling of £ 80.

Authorities can also use the fees and penalties to target vehicles owners if it is probable to prove rubbish has been tossed their car.

The government claims collecting litter expenses councils £ 680m a year.

Councils are free to arranged the level of on-the-spot fines up to £ 150 per incident, but minsters have warned the new powers must not be abused.

The government mentioned local authorities should take into account factors like local abilities to pay, when environment a levy.

‘Lives at risk’

Environment Minister Therese Coffey stated: “These new fines will deal with anti-social behaviour by hitting litter box louts in the pocket, whether it’s litter box that is thrown from a vehicle or even dropped in the street.

“Littering is a scourge on our environment and waste taxpayers’ money cleaning up – funds which could be better invested in the community.

“We desire to be the first generation to leave the environment in a better state than we all found it, and I encourage everybody to take responsibility for their litter plus recycle more. ”

The Local Government Association’s (LGA) atmosphere spokesman, Martin Tett, said: “Councils being able to issue increased fines in order to litter louts, who show simply no consideration for the community they reside in, will send a strong message to those who seem to think their laziness is more essential than the environment in which they reside.

“Allowing councils in order to fine the owners of automobiles which litter is thrown through, rather than expecting councils to confirm who exactly in the vehicle acquired thrown litter, is also something that the particular LGA has long called for. inch

Edmund King, chief executive of motoring organisation the AA, said: “There is no excuse regarding car litter louts. Tossing junk from vehicles spoils the environment, expenses millions and puts road workers’ lives at risk when they have to clean up.

“The majority of the members support higher fines meant for littering and we welcome these steps in order to tackle this unnecessary problem. It is far from difficult for car occupants in order to bag it and bin this. ”