Drivers to face automatic fines if passengers drop litter, leaked plan reveals
Drivers will be slapped with automatic £60 fines if passengers drop litter out of their cars under new proposals.
Under a planned overhaul of Britain's litter laws leaked to the Sunday Telegraph, English councils will be given the legal power to clamp down on car owners.
Drivers will have to take the rap unless they can convince the guilty party to come clean, while failure to pay within a month could see the fine tripled.
The Government's litter strategy, which was set to be unveiled later this year, says the UK “must act now to clean up the country".
Other proposals include increasing the £75 fine for littering to a maximum of £125 and issuing new guidance on bin distribution in public places.
It also outlines plans to identify “priority litter hotspots” and boost participation in “national clean-up days” such as the Great British Spring Clean and the Great British Beach Clean.
The policy document explains: “We want our whole country to be a great place to live, with clean water and air; beautiful countryside to enjoy and urban areas that are prosperous, vibrant and welcoming...
“A littered environment is bad for our wellbeing, and bad for the economy, and we are clear that we must act now to clean up the country and change our culture so that it is no longer acceptable to drop litter.”