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Littering motorists to face new £150 fines

Fines for littering are to be raised next April, including new powers for councils to penalise owners of vehicles from which litter has been thrown, even if they weren’t discarding it.

Motorist dropping litter

Car owners could face fines of up to £150 for littering. (Image: DEFRA)

Following a consultation earlier this year, on-the-spot fines will increase across the board, with the maximum amount almost doubled from £80 to £150, and the minimum raised from £50 to £65. The default fine of £75 will increase to £100 at the same time.

The new measures are subject to parliamentary approval, and are said to be aimed at tackling a problem which costs £800m for councils to clean up each year. Most respondents during the consultation process were found to be in favour of increased fines.

Environment minister, Thérèse Coffey, said: “Littering blights our communities, spoils our countryside and taxpayers’ money is wasted cleaning it up. Throwing rubbish from a vehicle is just as unacceptable as dropping it in the street and we will tackle this antisocial behaviour by hitting litter louts in the pocket. These new fines will make sure the perpetrators, not the local community, bear the cost of keeping our streets and roads clean.”

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Alex Grant

Trained on Cardiff University’s renowned Postgraduate Diploma in Motor Magazine Journalism, Alex is an award-winning motoring journalist with ten years’ experience across B2B and consumer titles. A life-long car enthusiast with a fascination for new technology and future drivetrains, he joined Fleet World in April 2011, contributing across the magazine and website portfolio and editing the EV Fleet World Website.