Drivers could face fines for 'throwing rubbish from cars'

Drivers could face automatic fines should they throw litter from their cars onto the road.

Ministers are looking to change the current law which will see the driver of the car assume responsibility for any rubbish thrown from it, even if it was a passenger who was the culprit.

Council officers will have the power to fine motorists up to £80 for littering, with the vehicle's number plate and CCTV evidence likely to be employed to find the person responsible.

Charlotte Linacre, of the TaxPayer's Allowance, said that the move will come as another blow to motorists who are already feeling the squeeze on their wallets.

"Motorists are already overtaxed. Councils have to make necessary spending cuts and there's plenty of fat to trim, they shouldn't look to plug gaps in their finances by ramping up charges on taxpayers," she stated.

There was some good news for drivers recently, with the majority of police forces in England and Wales signing up to new speeding guidelines meaning drivers will not incur points on their licence if they are caught travelling up to 86mph.


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