01-Aug-2018

From 1 August 2018, delegated officers from Huntingdonshire District Council will have the authority to issue fines (fixed penalty notices (FPNs)) of £150 to the registered keeper of a vehicle from which litter has been thrown. On 20 June 2018 the council’s Licensing and Protection Committee unanimously agreed that the council would adopt the powers available under the Littering From Vehicles Outside London (Keepers: Civil Penalties) Regulations 2018 to enable designated officers to deal with incidents of this nature.

Litter blights the landscape and has a negative impact on our communities. Sadly it has become commonplace to see the verges of local roads and dual carriageways strewn with litter which has been discarded without a thought for the environment or those responsible for picking it up.

Between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018, the council’s Street Cleaning teams removed 55.6 tonnes of discarded litter from the roads and highways for which we are responsible. This is time and money that could be spent elsewhere in the district if litter was not such a big issue.

The introduction of the FPN is just one part of a bigger plan to raise awareness of the issues associated with littering, and to encourage our communities and those using the district’s roads to act responsibly and take their litter home. From 1 August 2018, following any report of littering from a vehicle, the registered keeper will be issued with an FPN of £150. Non-payment of the FPN within the payment period will result in it automatically doubling to £300. 

Cllr Beuttell, Executive Councillor for Operations and Regulation said: "The road networks operating throughout Huntingdonshire are well used as link roads as well as for local commuting. There is extensive use by national haulage companies and this is an opportunity to work with them as well as car drivers to ensure that they understand that littering within our district will not be tolerated."