On-the-spot littering and graffiti fines double

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
Councils spent almost £700m cleaning streets in the UK last year

On-the-spot fines for littering and graffiti have been doubled from £80 to £150.

Local authorities can now use these littering penalties against motorists for the first time if it can be proved the litter was thrown from their car.

Last year, councils spent almost £700m cleaning streets in the UK.

However, government has warned that councils must not abuse the power and should take into account local circumstances such as ability to pay.

Environment minister Thérèse Coffey said: “Littering is a scourge on our environment and we waste taxpayers’ money cleaning it up – funds which could be better spent in the community."

Penalty changes follow a public consultation as part of the launch of England’s first ever Litter Strategy in April 2017 which showed nearly 9 out of 10 respondents were in favour of increasing fixed penalties for littering.

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