North Devon taxi driver fined for throwing litter out of their cab

Posted on: 10 July 2019

North Devon Council is continuing its initiative to take action against anyone found littering or fly tipping in the district.

Last month, a local taxi driver was seen throwing an empty packet of cigarettes out of the window of their vehicle while driving.  The offence was reported to the council by a member of the public who witnessed it. Following the report, the driver was traced and the council issued a littering from vehicle fine of a £100.

Environmental Protection officers were able to take action following the introduction of new legislation giving local authorities the opportunity to send a fixed penalty notice through the post to the registered keeper of the vehicle.

Environmental Protection Officer at North Devon Council, Alan Kyle, says: “Thanks to a concerned member of the public we were able to trace and prosecute this offender for littering from a vehicle.  The new legislation is designed to assist investigating officers and to make vehicle drivers more responsible for what happens inside their vehicles.

“Throwing litter from a vehicle around the district will not be tolerated and fines will be issued. Litter is unsightly and detrimental to the local environment.  In addition, any public carrying vehicles found committing offences will also have the incident reported to the relevant licencing authority.”

Leader of North Devon Council, Councillor David Worden, says: “The council is proud of its work to crack down on littering, fly tipping and environmental offences that have a negative effect on our district. It’s encouraging that local residents are right behind us with this, getting involved and bringing these incidents to our attention. Thank you, together we can keep our district clean and tidy for all to everyone to enjoy.”

To report littering, fly-tipping or other environmental offences please contact customerservices@northdevon.gov.uk. You can also report incidents on our website.

1 comment on “North Devon taxi driver fined for throwing litter out of their cab

  1. J Johnson says:

    How about fining the council’s recycling collectors. They drop loads of litter but do not bother to pick it up.

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