A new offence will be introduced for littering from a car, the Scottish Government has announced this month.
The new law will be introduced through the Circular Economy Bill, and its announcement follows a consultation on the Scottish Government’s littering strategy.
The proposals will make it easier for police to issue fixed penalties, and to make use of litter control areas and street litter control notices.
Commenting, Stirling MSP Bruce Crawford said:
“Roadside litter is a mark on our beautiful countryside, and spectacular urban settings.”
“My office has previous received complaints from people living in rural communities in particular, who are sick and tired of their local roads being used as dumping grounds by careless and selfish people in their cars.”
“My message to those people is this: keep your litter in your car and dispose of it in a proper bin.”
“With nearly seven tonnes of litter being collected from the roadside on the M8 and M9 every month, this is a big problem and it’s clear that a new criminal offence is required.”
“People in towns and villages across the Stirling area will welcome a change in the law, which will hopefully also change the attitudes of the few road users who are responsible for roadside littering.”