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On-the-spot fines on the way for littering?

On-the-spot fines on the way for littering?

Friday 20 March 2015

On-the-spot fines on the way for littering?

Friday 20 March 2015

Plans are being hatched to introduce new on-the-spot fines of up to £100 for littering.

Police from Jersey are due to go over to meet their opposite numbers from the City of London – where Jersey Police Chief Mike Bowron spent five years as Commissioner – to talk about their system of giving people instant fines.

The City of London has passed rules saying that anyone caught dropping smoking-related litter can receive a fixed penalty notice for £80 or could face a Magistrate Court fine of up to £2,500.

They brought in the rules because an estimated 6 million cigarette butts are dropped on city streets every year, costing around £3.8 million to clear up.

And now concerns about littering here have prompted Home Affairs Minister Kristina Moore to push for an on-the-spot fine system.

In the States this week she told colleagues that a meeting in London was planned soon.

In response to a question from St Mary Constable Juliette Gallichan, the minister said: “Discussions and thoughts on this matter are ongoing and I am hoping soon to attend the City of London where we will meet some police officers there and see what technology they have that helps them to implement on-the-spot fines.

“We would be delighted to discuss this with the Honorary Police, in particular in St. Helier where I am very aware that the Constable would like more to be done on the subject of littering, and particularly cigarette ends.”

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Posted by Trevor Carre on
About time...St Helier smells and looks like an ashtray at the moment
Posted by Steve Tostevin on
About time!!! Even in Bangkok you can be fined 2,000 Baht (Just over 40 quid). I think whoever throws cigarette butts down drains should be fined BIG TIME!!!!!
Posted by Steve Tostevin on
Why stop at Cigarettes???
I would suggest asking people "What are all these funny things that look like bird droppings???"... And guess how many people will actually know the answer!?!
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