Impose penalty point punishment for anyone found guilty of throwing litter from their car.
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We want to introduce penalty point punishment for drivers found guilty of allowing litter to be thrown from their vehicle.
Under current UK Legislation, the maximum possible fine for throwing litter out of a vehicle is only £150. We do not believe that this is a great enough deterrent, to stop potential litterers from adding to the already tarnished UK streets and countryside. It is thought that cleaning the streets of litter costs the taxpayer around £800 million a year, a figure which we believe could be greatly reduced by imposing this new legislation. Findings of England's Litter Strategy in April 2017 found that more than 85% of respondants were in favour of increasing fixed penalties for littering, leading to the doubling of the maximum possible fine. Although this is a step in the right direction, imposing penalty points to the driver of the vehicle from which the litter was thrown would further tackle this issue. If a driver understands that by allowing a passenger to discard their litter out of the window of the vehicle, they are running the risk of potentially gaining points on their license, they would be much less likely to allow the behaviour to continue. A 2006 article from the Telegraph revealed that 1.3 million pieces of trash are dropped on Highway Agency Roads alone every single weekend. The issues that come as a direct consequence of our lenient approach to littering punishment, includes an increased rat population of an estimated 60 million, the deterioration of the UK scenery, and added waste to the oceans. We believe that our proposed legislation would help combat these problems, in a productive and pro-active manner. In order to do this, we need YOUR help.
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