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Liable for litter

As a driver you can now be fined £150 for littering even if it’s the passenger who is guilty of dropping rubbish from your car. Updated laws mean that councils no longer have to prove who committed the offence, leaving vehicle owners automatically responsible no matter who throws litter from their car. It’s hoped a crackdown on littering drivers will help tackle the endless coffee cups, fast food wrapping, plastic bottles and cigarette ends which cover roadsides and motorway verges, costing us more than £700 million each year to clean up.