Council wants litter fines to increase

Fines for dropping litter should be increased to £100 - that's the view of the council - which will be asking the Scottish Government to implement this change.


At a meeting of the Council on 20 December, elected members agreed to write to Scottish Ministers requesting that legislation be introduced to increase the fixed penalty notice from £80 to £100.

The council has been running a campaign to highlight that officers have the authority to issue on-the-spot fines to anyone caught littering or fly tipping, which carries a penalty of £200.

"We think North Lanarkshire is a great place to live, work and visit and we don't want to see litter making a mess of our streets," said Council Leader Jim Logue.

"Our officers will issue fixed penalty notices to anyone they see dropping litter but it's important to show this is a serious offence and increasing the fine to £100 would be a positive step."

The council's ongoing litter and flytipping campaign encourages responsible residents to "do the right thing" and put litter in a bin or take it home. Reaction on social media has shown that many residents believe fixed penalty notices should be increased.

Councillor Nathan Wilson, who raised a motion at the Council meeting with Councillor Trevor Douglas, said after the meeting: "I am pleased full council agreed to the motion requesting that the Scottish Government increase fixed penalty notices for littering to £100 as soon as possible.

"Dropping items of litter is unacceptable and North Lanarkshire Council's support for the introduction of £100 on-the-spot litter fines sends a strong message that we won't tolerate this behaviour locally."

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