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It is hoped that the new fines would result in cleaner streets and also help fund services, since the cost of keeping streets clean last year was estimated at £5 million.
Currently, if a motorist is accused of littering they cannot be prosecuted if they deny the offence. The case must be taken to court to prove the identity of the litterer, which is costly and not always effective.
The new law will automatically send a fine to the owner of the vehicle that the litter was dropped from, in the same way as flytipping is now dealt with.
But critics are concerned that councils will use the fines as a way of making more money out of motorists.
Fiona McEvoy of the Taxpayers' Alliance said: "Though LGA are right to stress the importance of avoiding costly legal action on trivial cases like this, it's vital that local authorities won't use fixed penalties as a revenue raiser.
"Most motorists are tidy, lawabiding citizens and shouldn't be targeted by overzealous enforcement officers on a mission to top up council coffers."
Does this new law sound like a good idea to you? And if it comes into action, will the police really have time to spend catching litter bugs? Leave a comment and share your thoughts.