THE GOVERNMENT is being urged to give new powers to local authorities to fine people who litter from vehicles, ensuring littering is not “a consequence-free crime”.
In partnership with the Yorkshire Evening Post’s Clean Up Yorkshire campaign, the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has launched a new petition to call for local councils to be extended the right to fine the registered keeper of a vehicle spotted littering, to ensure the crime is punished.
In 2014, the Government approved the necessary legislation but the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has delayed producing the required regulations for over a year.
The petition calls on new Environment Secretary Liz Truss to put an end to delays and make sure councils know how to implement the new laws, which were agreed in the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act a year ago.
Stop the Drop campaign manager for the CPRE, Samantha Harding, said: “Local councils said for many years that they needed new powers to fine people who throw litter from vehicles, as a £75 fine will make most people think twice before throwing litter again. The Secretary of State must make sure her officials are taking the required action to bring this legislation to life and to prevent further littering from vehicles.”
The need for change was echoed by an influential group of MPs who held an inquiry into littering, published in March.
A Defra spokesperson said it is “taking time” to consider the recommendations of the Select Committee and will respond in “due course”.
To sign the petition visit you.38degrees.org.uk/p/litterfromvehicles We want our readers to organise litter picks throughout June. Log on to the YEP website for details.