Council in clampdown on littering from vehiclesPublished Wednesday, 25th July 2018
Councillors have agreed to adopt new legal powers to tackle the problem of litter thrown from vehicles.
The Neighbourhood Services Committee has decided
unanimously to take advantage of legislation that allows for fines to be issued
to registered keepers of vehicles from which litter is seen to be thrown– even
if someone else within the vehicle is responsible for the littering.
Councillors have also agreed that the
level of Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) fine should be £150, the maximum allowed
under the legislation.
Councillor Stephen Akers-Belcher, Chair
of the Neighbourhood Services Committee, said: “The Council receives around 750
complaints a year about roadside litter and collects around 200 tonnes – the
equivalent of 200 households tipping out their bins onto the streets every
“Collecting and disposing of this litter
costs the Council around £50,000 a year and this is money that could be much
better used to help protect valuable frontline services which benefit the
Councillor Stephen Akers-Belcher, Chair of Hartlepool Council's Neighbourhood Services Committee
“Roadside litter is also having a
seriously detrimental impact on the town’s appearance at a time when we are
carrying out major regeneration works with a view to attracting more visitors.
“Previously, it was always difficult to
prove who had thrown litter from a vehicle, but the fact that we can now hold
the registered keeper responsible changes things completely. The new
legislation removes the need for us to identify precisely who threw the litter
before action can be taken
“I hope the decision taken by the
committee sends out a clear message that we are not prepared to tolerate the
irresponsible actions of people who think it is alright to mess up the town.
“This also highlights the Council’s on-going commitment to ensuring that the town is as clean and tidy as possible, and that it continues to be a great place to live, work and visit.”