Littering Drivers Hit By Fines!
Drivers are warned, they will face hefty fines if caught dropping cigarette butts or any kind of rubbish out of their car windows.
Drivers are warned, they will face hefty fines if caught dropping cigarette butts out of their car windows.
The warning comes after a motorist in Ipswich was slapped with an £80 fine after being caught littering from his vehicle by a local waste enforcement officer.
Having failed to pay the original fine, the driver then faced court proceedings which saw magistrates order the offender to pay £450 in fines and costs. Ouch.
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Although it won’t appear on your criminal record, dropping rubbish is a criminal offence under the Environmental Protection Act and local authorities can issue fixed penalties to anyone caught littering.
Should offenders fail to pay the fine on time this could lead to criminal proceedings, and see motorists stung by even higher fines.
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Contrary to what some drivers believe, it is not an offence to smoke behind the wheel unless you’re driving a work vehicle or carrying passengers under 18.
However, should a police officer deem you to be distracted by smoking you could be charged with careless driving, an offence that comes with an on-the-spot fine of £100 and three penalty points.