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Littering from vehicle

To help combat roadside litter, new regulations were introduced in April 2021. These regulations mean local councils may issue a Penalty Notice to the registered keeper of the vehicle if it can be proved litter had been thrown from their vehicle, even if someone else discarded the rubbish.

Telford and Wrekin Council has adopted these powers and is now issuing Penalty Notices for this type of littering offence. Owners of cars witnessed to have had litter thrown from them will be served with a £80 penalty notice payable within 28 days. Should no payment be received then the penalty amount increases to £150.

If no payment is received during the payment period then Telford and Wrekin Council may register the debt at the Traffic Enforcement Centre with a Warrant issued for Bailiffs to recovery the debt.

Littering remains a criminal offence under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and our Neighbourhood Enforcement Officers continue to enforce this legislation across the Borough. Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 the Council needed to prove who the person, responsible for depositing litter from a vehicle, was. These new regulations remove this requirement, and the registered keeper of a vehicle is liable for the civil penalty.

Last updated: 31/01/2023 12:23

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