Campaigners push police to issue penalty points to drivers who litter on roads

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Petition founder Damon Yoxall said new rules should be introduced allowing police officers to issue two penalty points for those who break the rules. Under current rules, drivers who are caught littering from their cars face a maximum £150 fine.

However, no penalty points are issued to drivers despite local councils spending up to £800million to clear roads.

Mr Yoxall said: “I would like the police to be able to issue anyone who is under control of a vehicle two penalty points on their licence if litter is thrown from the vehicle they are driving.

“This should go alongside the fine which is already in place and already enforceable.

“The reason for this is to stop litter [affecting] the enjoyment of the countryside.

“[It will also] stop endangering life from the workers who have to pick this litter up from busy roads, ensure that drivers take ownership of their actions and that of the actions of others who are in their car.

“Litter can also [affect] ecosystems and endanger the [lives] of animals.

“Having penalty points for littering from cars will help reduce the amount of litter and make people take responsibility.”

The petition currently has just 440 signatures and is set to run until the end of October.

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Mr Yoxall needs 10,000 signatures for the Government to respond to the proposal and 100,000 for it to be debated in Parliament.

Earlier this year, motoring lawyer Nick Freeman said driving points for littering would be a “much more powerful” deterrent for drivers who are caught littering.

He said councils were “just doing half a job” as fines were “not enough”.

Data from Highways England shows one in seven motorists have admitted to throwing rubbish out of their windows each year.

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