Throwing litter from cars is outlawed
MOTORISTS who throw litter from their cars will be targeted in the tough new measures brought in by the council.
A penalty of £150 will be handed to drivers, reduced to £75 if paid within 28 days. The council is the first local authority outside London to introduce such a charge.
Regulations last year gave councils the power to issue fines for littering from a car where the offence was recorded on CCTV.
Now, draft guidance from the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs suggests observations from enforcement officers and members of the public can also be used as evidence of the offence being committed on council land.
The power to issue fines will be given to all parking enforcement officers, education and enforcement officers, the waste operations manager, and cleansing policy and strategy manager in street care.
A council survey conducted last year revealed 38 per cent of South Glos residents believe litter and rubbish lying around is a “fairly big” or a “very big” issue.