People who drop rubbish face on-the-spot fines of up to £150 in a Government crackdown on the litter problem that is blighting neighbourhoods and roads across the country.
The penalty, coming into force today, is almost double the previous maximum of £80 and could see offenders fined more harshly than speeding drivers.
For the first time throughout England, anyone caught throwing rubbish from a vehicle will also face a possible £150 fine. Motorists are being encouraged to shop offenders who discard cans, food wrappers or contents of ashtrays from car windows by passing evidence from dashboard cameras to authorities.
People who drop rubbish face on-the-spot fines of up to £150 in a Government crackdown on litter
Environment Minister Therese Coffey said: ‘These new fines will tackle anti-social behaviour by hitting litter louts in the pockets, whether it’s litter thrown from a vehicle or dropped in the street.
Littering is a scourge on our environment and we waste taxpayers’ money cleaning it up.’ The move has raised fears that cash-strapped councils will use the new penalties to make money, by employing private firms to pursue offenders.
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