FPA CALLS FOR ‘LITTER POLICE’ CODE OF CONDUCT
Further to the BBC Panorama programme 15 May 2017, investigating the practices of the litter enforcement agencies, Executive Director of the FPA Martin Kersh made the following statement:
“The Panorama investigation into the practices of third parties contracted to issue fixed penalty notices (FPN’s) for littering was long overdue. For some time the popular press, while complaining the country is overrun with litter has, by publicising abuses in issuing FPN’s, undermined the whole process of punishing offenders. As members of the Government’s Advisory Group to advise on its litter strategy for England, we recommended a Code of Practice, for the so called ‘litter police’.
“The strategy reflected this to some extent with a recommendation for “..guidance to promote proportionate and responsible enforcement”. This is welcomed but we feel an unambiguous, clear and precise code of practice to be signed by enforcement agencies is a priority. This should be part of the contractual agreement with enforcement organisations and councils would be able to terminate contracts in the event of breaches of the code. If the strategy is to be a success then it’s absolutely critical the public has full confidence in penalty enforcement knowing fines will be dispensed to those who litter without care and not to easy targets who would never knowingly drop litter.”
Executive Director of the FPA Martin Kersh can be reached on 0207 993 8343 or 07711 142789
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