Bolton motorist becomes first ever slapped with new fine for throwing litter from car window

By Thomas Molloy

A private hire driver has become the first person in Bolton to be fined for throwing litter from a car.

The man will have to pay £150 after CCTV footage showed litter being chucked out of the driver-side window, onto the pavement of a residential street.

It happened in the early hours of October 4.

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Bolton Council's environmental enforcement team identified the driver of the taxi, which is licensed through Salford City Council, through DVLA records.

A PCN (penalty charge notice) was then issued to the man at his Bolton home, under legislation that means the registered keeper of a car can be held responsible for any litter thrown from their vehicle.

It is the first fine to be issued under new legislation in the town that means the registered keeper of a car can be held responsible for any litter thrown from their vehicle

Bolton Council deputy leader, Cllr Hilary Fairclough, said: "Littering is completely unacceptable. Unfortunately, there are a minority of people who commit these thoughtless acts.

"We will not hesitate in taking action against anyone caught dropping litter in our borough.

"The message is clear; if you drop litter from a car or otherwise, expect to receive a fine. For the most serious offences and repeat offenders, you may find yourself in court for a more significant penalty."

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