Litter penalties will rise, warns council, as cabbie is fined £580 for dropping cigarette butt in Bromley

By Luke King in Community News

PENALTIES for dropping litter are to “intensify”, Bromley council has warned.

The authority recently prosecuted a taxi driver for dropping cigarette litter near Bromley South station. Paul Coates, of Deacons Leas, Orpington, was ordered to pay a total of £580 in fines and costs.

Uniformed enforcement officers were patrolling the area in June last year when they witnessed a man throw a cigarette end onto the pavement in Elmfield Road. Recording the scene, the officers approached the man asking to speak to him but he drove away in a black taxi cab.

The vehicle registration plate was traced and the individual identified as Paul Coates. He was posted a fixed penalty notice for littering offences under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 but the £80 fine went unpaid and court proceedings commenced.

Councillor Colin Smith, Bromley’s executive for environment, said: “It costs Bromley taxpayers hundreds of thousands of pounds each year to keep the borough clean and individuals thoughtlessly throwing rubbish away in the street for others to clean up – however small that rubbish may be - need to stop and consider that fact.

“Fixed penalty notices for littering are set to intensify and are intended to serve as an expensive warning that this sort of behaviour simply isn’t acceptable in our borough.”

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