Close loophole on car litterers

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THE battle to keep our roadside verges clear of litter never ends. This is not helped by a legal loophole that lets litter louts get away scot-free.

Our council can’t take effective action against people who throw litter from cars because the law requires a local authority to prove the identity of the individual who threw the litter, rather than just proving that litter was thrown from the car in the first place.

I support the work of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, the Local Government Association and Keep Britain Tidy to amend the existing law, so that whoever owns the vehicle is responsible for what is thrown out, similar to the way laws on speeding, wearing seat belts and fly-tipping work.

I’m sure councils, the public and motorists are sick of roadside litter. Clearing it up is expensive and dangerous and this simple change to the law would provide councils with an effective deterrent against this careless and thoughtless behaviour.

Please write to your MP about this? There’s a draft letter at

PS: can the council take more action against people who drop litter in the streets? Just posting fine charge notices to litter bins isn’t enough, it needs to be followed up by action and that action publicised.

M Shipley