Littering from car

Street Wardens can now issue penalties to those caught littering from vehicles

The Forest of Dean District Council Street Warden team is now able to issue Civil Penalty Notices to people caught littering from vehicles.

The Forest of Dean District Council Street Warden team is now able to issue Civil Penalty Notices to people caught littering from vehicles.

The wardens now have the authority to issue a Civil Penalty Notice of £50 to the registered keeper of a vehicle if litter is thrown from their vehicle. This will be the case even if they are not the person who dropped the litter. The penalty is £50 if paid within 28 days and will rise to £75 afterwards.

Cabinet member for Environment, Cllr Sid Phelps, said,

“It is always such a disappointment to see how much litter is dropped from vehicles along the roads in our district, especially considering it is such an avoidable and anti-social thing to do.

“Hopefully the introduction of these penalties will help to deter people from continuing to litter and ruin the roadsides for other residents and for our wildlife. 

“If our wardens witness an offence, a notice will be automatically issued. They will also consider taking action from formal complaints from the public, especially if dash cam footage can be provided.”

This is in line with national regulations, which gives local councils the ability to issue a penalty notice to the registered owner of a vehicle if it can be proved that litter has been dumped from their vehicle.

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Notes to editors

Littering remains a criminal offence under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and the Council’s Officers continue to enforce this legislation across the District. Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 the Council needed to prove who the person, responsible for depositing litter from a vehicle, was. These new regulations remove this requirement and the registered keeper of a vehicle is liable for a civil penalty.