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The London Local Authorities Act was given Royal assent on 27th March 2012.

The Act includes the provision that car owners will be held responsible for litter dropped from their vehicles.

In such cases  the offence is decriminalised making it a civil matter where  the burden of proof is on the “balance of probabilities“. Enforcement will be   through a Penalty Charge Notice. Disputes would handled by an adjudicator.  The fines will be up to £100.

As there would be no risk of  being drawn into expensive court hearings  London Boroughs will have no excuse for not using their new powers.

Penalty Charge Notices were introduced in the Traffic management Act 2004  – Part 6 Civil enforcement of traffic contraventions

 

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