One of the most popular problems in cities is dropping litter in the streets. Even small items like cigarettes are enough to make the streets look dirty. The UK authorities have fixed the penalties for littering and hope that this measure will make citizens and tourists more careful. Fines will be issued also for dog fouling, fly posting, graffiti, abandoned vehicles and nuisance parking. Litter fines have been doubled and can reach the amount of £150. If you want to appeal the fine, there is no formal way to do it. You can only choose not to pay it, but this will lead to a court case and make you pay a higher fine.
Litter issues are serious and keeping the environment clean is our responsibility, as we are the ones who inhabit it. Nevertheless people continue being disrespectful which is the main reason why the UK government has taken due precautions. These litter fines are in force for everybody in the streets, no matter if pedestrians or drivers. Car drivers will be responsible for the passengers in the car not to throw rubbish out of the windows.
Anti-litter campaigners welcome the measures stating that higher fines will prevent environment from being littered and citizens will probably become more thoughtful about the consequences of their actions. Most of smokers, for example, do not consider these small cigarettes butts garbage and throw them everywhere. That is why there will be no excuses for littering and everyone who drops any kind of rubbish outside the bins will be fined.
Consequently millions of pounds are expected to be raised from fining people for littering the streets. The money will be used to buy more bins and educate citizens about the advantages of clean streets. Also people will be advertised and worn about the fines so that if they break the rules, it will be a conscious act.
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Authorities expect that the precautions will work and littering will decrease significantly. As it is not possible bins to be put on every corner, the government hopes that people will keep the rubbish until find where to throw it because they know they are being monitored. There are questions being asked like: If I pick up my litter after an officer has approached me do I still get a fine? Yes, you will be fined as, consciously or not, you have acted against the regulations. That is the purpose of the fines, as many people, thinking no one sees them, commit offense and believe that there is no punishment.
Taking care of the environment and keeping it clean is everyone’s responsibility. Every person who walks in the streets will be fined, if his/her actions contradict the regulation of the authorities.
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