posted 1 year ago

New Fine For Lazy, Nasty, Litter Louts That Throw Junk From Cars

Rubbish tossing motorists face their comeuppance for ruining the nation's landscape and costing tax payers millions

How proposed fine works

Selfish litter louts that throw rubbish from their vehicles and blight the landscape should be punished by a new fine, the Government proposed. Offenders force mothers, fathers, kids and grandparents that simply want to enjoy their cars and spend time together to wade through mountains of bottles, boxes, and wrappers.

The Litter Strategy for England confirmed that hard-working tax-payers contribute £800 million per-annum – money that might otherwise be spent fixing potholes and cutting congestion - to remove the rubbish lazy drivers cannot be bothered to put in a bin.

Perpetrators of this heinous act prefer to make their litter somebody else’s problem. “Who cares about consequences?”, they say.

This lack of social responsibility hurts the whole nation. It: wrecks the environment, kills wildlife, makes the streets feel scruffy, creates a bad impression for tourists and wastes resources. In certain cases, it blocks drains which increases the risk of flooding. Nearby routes then become more hazardous to pass.

The Government confirmed how it plans to punish the villains that make driving to work, school, and the shops a chore. Registered vehicle keepers will receive a Civil Penalty Notice even if a passenger is at fault. This should encourage keepers to behave responsibly themselves - and to pressure passengers to follow suit.

£75 is the proposed fine for self-centred litterers. However, Local Authorities could have flexibility to pick a fine of between £50 and £80. Defining factors include the readiness of local people to pay, and Magistrates' Court fines. Required proof of guilt is on the “balance of probability” rather than “beyond reasonable doubt”. 

Minister says challenge litter louts in street

The Minister for Local Government, Marcus Jones, champions the cause at Whitehall. He said littering is anti-social behaviour which “really gets people's backs up – and rightly so”. He argued the perpetrators are thoughtless, selfish and damage public spaces. 

Mr Jones encouraged law abiding citizens to challenge litter louts to keep the nation clean. He said: “It can be quite a scary thing because you are pointing a finger of blame. You are casting aspersion on the character of a person who has chucked the litter.”

The Minister has, however, devised a technique to maximise the chance of success. “Treat it as though they have made a mistake and something has inadvertently fallen out of their bag or pocket”, he explained. “Oh no, did you mean to drop that?” is far preferable to: “Oi mate - you have dropped something - pick it up”, he argued.