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Roadside littering from vehicles

Volume 655: debated on Monday 4 March 2019

The petition of the residents of Falkirk constituencies

Declares that roadside litter discarded from moving vehicles in an unacceptable blight in our communities and increases risk to other motorists and costs to local authorities and private business; further that it causes flooding in drainage infrastructure, causes disruption to normal traffic flow and is a national embarrassment, specifically to the tourist industry; and further that it contradicts the sustainable, renewable and green ambitions the communities of Falkirk desire.

The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Department for Transport to instruct the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency(DVLA) to issue penalty points on the driving licences of individuals who allow litter to be thrown from their vehicle.

And the petitioners remain, etc.—[Presented by John Mc Nally , Official Report, 12 February 2019; Vol. 654, c. 854 .]


Observations from The Minister of State, Department for Transport (Jesse Norman):

I thank the residents of Falkirk and their MP. The role of the Driver Vehicle and Licensing Agency (DVLA) is to ensure that complete and accurate registers of drivers and vehicles are held. The DVLA’s registers are maintained to assist road safety, law enforcement and the collection of vehicle excise duty.

The DVLA has no powers to impose penalty points on a driver’s record for any offence. Only the courts can impose penalty points, upon conviction for a relevant offence. The DVLA’s job in this regard is to record penalty points on a driver’s record when notified as such by the courts.