STOCKTON-on-Tees Borough Council will be among the first in the country to use tough new powers designed at tackling the blight of litter on our roadsides and verges.
Here’s what this will mean for you…
What is the new legislation?
The new laws mean that the registered keeper of a vehicle can be held responsible for littering offences committed from it.
Earlier this year, councillors decided to increase fixed penalty notices for littering to £130, reduced to £90 if paid within 14 days.
The new penalty notices will see this fine double to £260 if it is not paid within 28 days.
When do the laws come into force?
From October 1, 2018, the Council will be utilising the new legislation to complement existing powers.
What do councillors think?
Councillor Steve Nelson, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Access, Communities and Community Safety, said: “Our roads and highways are the gateways to our towns and yet they are often marred by unsightly litter. This anti-social behaviour also puts the lives of cleansing operatives at risk when sent to clear up after litter louts at the roadside.
“This new use of more stringent regulations gives our officers more power as it removes the need to identify precisely who threw the litter before we can take enforcement action.
“Any surplus income from these penalties will be used to help keep land and highways clear of litter and refuse, as well as fund further enforcement against offences including littering and graffiti.”
How will people be caught?
Offences will be primarily detected through the Council’s CCTV network and the CCTV fitted to existing enforcement vehicles. Enforcement officers will also be able to issue the penalties.
How can I report a littering crime?
To report a littering offence please call 01642 528439 or email Enforcement.Dispatch@stockton.gov.uk.
For more information on the new legislation, visit www.stockton.gov.uk/community-safety