Car litter louts

Majority of AA members support points on licence for car litter louts

21 May 2012

Majority of AA members support points on licence for car litter louts

Majority of AA members support points on licence for car litter louts

Sixty one per cent of AA members think people caught throwing litter from cars should be punished with three points on their licence, a fixed penalty fine and possibly a community service order, according to an AA Populus poll of 8,800.

These findings are released as AA staff across the UK are showing that there’s nothing rubbish about picking up litter when teams in Basingstoke, Oldbury, Cheadle, Cardiff and Newcastle blitz roads, pavements, paths and parks this week.

The Basingstoke HQ team led by Andrew Strong, AA CEO and Edmund King, AA President, hit the streets at 11am on Monday 21 May before the Jubilee Celebrations.

During the next fortnight, hundreds of AA Streetwatch members have also volunteered to conduct an hour’s tidy-up in their neighbourhood. And, while they’re at it, they can dream up the best idea for reducing rubbish on Britain’s streets and bag a prize of £1000 for the best idea.

Whoever is to blame there is no excuse for being a roadside 'litter lout' whose actions can cause a danger to other road users and also to those who have to clear up after them

Edmund King, AA president

Comment

Commenting on the AA Big Litter Pick, Edmund King, AA President, said: “Almost 90% of drivers get angry when other drivers litter. Most drivers are adamant they are not the cause of litter themselves – with only 8% admitting 'litter guilt'.

"Whoever is to blame there is no excuse for being a roadside 'litter lout' whose actions can cause a danger to other road users and also to those who have to clear up after them.

"The majority of AA members would like to see car litter louts punished with fines, penalty points and possibly community service.

“Prior to the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations and the Olympics, AA staff and members are determined to do our bit to clean up the streets and parks”.

For the Highways Agency, litter is not only unsightly but also a threat to the environment.

Clearing rubbish puts road workers at risk of injury and diverts resources away from road maintenance and repairs.

An AA/Populus survey of 8,800 AA members found that:

  • 61% of them loathe motoring 'litter louts' enough to support tough penalties, such as points on their driving licence, large fines and community sentences
  • 94% agreed that roadside litter gives a bad impression of Britain and spoils local communities
  • 75% say that roadside littering is a serious problem
  • 76% thought that government campaigns should be carried out to address the problem
  • Of the 8% who admitted being responsible for litter themselves almost two thirds more of those aged between 18 and 24 admitted this compared to those aged over 65

Anti-litter tips

  • Carry a litter bag in your vehicle to collect rubbish until it can be safely disposed of
  • Do not discard cigarettes and take extra care not to discard lit cigarettes as they can start fires and possibly injure other roads users – this is an offence
  • Drink cans and bottles can be dangerous if allowed to roll around in the car's driver foot well and potentially impede the safe control of the vehicle
  • CCTV is used extensively these days so the casual tipping out of an ashtray in a car park may be enough to lead to a fixed penalty by the authorities tracing you through your car's number plate

The dangers faced by roadworkers collecting rubbish

(21 May 2012)