The Executive announced the increase in fixed penalty fines on 27 March. These new powers come into force today and fulfill the Partnership Agreement to increase and encourage enforcement of penalties for litter.
'Too many communities throughout Scotland are blighted by litter and the environmental problems it causes. Edinburgh City Council and their team of wardens have done excellent work to crack down on this environmental menace. This work sets an example to many local authorities across Scotland.
'The Scottish Executive is committed to tackling the scourge of littering. Through the consultation paper 'Putting Communities First' launched last Thursday we are looking to tighten enforcement of litter laws.
'Littering is unnaceptable. Doubling the fixed penalty fine shows we are cracking down on this anti-social behaviour.'
The Environmental Protection Act 1990 provides (a) that littering is an offence and (b) powers to local authorities allowing them to issue notices offering the offender the opportunity of discharging any liability to conviction for the offence by payment of a fixed penalty.
The Litter (Fixed Penalty) (Scotland) Order 2003 increases the fixed penalty fine for littering from £25 to £50 and came into effect on 1 July 2003.
The Scottish Executive announced the intention to increase the fixed penalty fine for littering on March 27 2003, following the review of litter and flytipping legislation.
Increasing the level of fine to £50 matches the level already in place in England and Wales.