Consultation period underway as the Welsh Government considers fixed penalty fines for fly-tippers
Wales is considering the introduction of fixed penalty fines for those caught fly-tipping just months after the legislation was introduced in England.
At present in Wales, those caught littering and failing to pick up their dog’s waste can be handed an on-the-spot fine but anyone guilty of fly-tipping must be prosecuted through a court process.
England introduced fixed penalty notices (FPNs) for fly-tippers in May 2016, but the Welsh Government said the legislation was still in its initial period and it was too early to judge the effects, negative and positive, of the law.
The Welsh Government has announced it is considering the move and has therefore launched a 12 week consultation period, during which time the general public can respond to the government’s plans.
The regulations would allow authorised persons to hand out FPNs to those caught in the act of fly-tipping. The legislation will cover just small-scale fly-tipping. More serious incidents will remain matters of a law of court.
The Welsh Government plans to give councils the option of setting their own FPN rate of between £150 and £400, but stipulates that councils must set aside the money gained for the prosecution of fly-tippers and the clearing up of waste left by fly-tippers.
Environment and rural affairs secretary Lesley Griffiths commented: “The conversations we’ve had so far indicate this is a measure that would prove to be popular among the public. But we need to ensure that, if we are going to pursue this option, it is proportionate and workable.”
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