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Power to issue fines for littering from vehicles mooted

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All councils in England could be given the power to fine people who throw litter from vehicles.

The commitment was made in the government’s 25-year plan to improve the environment, launched today.

LGC reported in April last year how the government was considering allowing all councils to fine people who throw litter from a vehicle.

The power is only currently available to London boroughs.

The government’s strategy, ‘A Green Future: our 25 year plan to improve the environment’, said: “We will take stronger action against those who litter. Subject to parliamentary approval, new regulations will give councils outside London the power to fine keepers of vehicles from which litter is thrown, and we have laid new regulations to increase fixed penalties for littering and related offences.

“We will provide improved guidance on the appropriate and proportionate use of these powers, and encourage councils to be transparent about enforcement activity.”

The government has previously suggested councils could be stripped of their responsibilities for looking after roads if they are assessed as not keeping them clean enough, but there was no mention of that in the latest strategy.

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