I was wondering if anyone had an opinion on the latest government on the spot fines of up to £80 for littering?
I agree littering is an awful problem and on the spot fines are good but £80 whereas someone who is using their mobile whilst driving only gets a £30 fine???? Surely it should be the other way around? Driving without your full care and attention is surely more dangerous than dropping litter?
Dont get me wrong litter fines are good and I agree something needs to be done to help clean up the streets but are the priorities set right here?
I agree with lee_robinson1983, but come from the argument the other way. The problem seems to be that Governemnts have their 'pet projects'. They then come up with proposed solutions, some good some bad. (I have no problem with on the spot fines for littering). After getting 'tough' on a particular offence they do not recalibrate the penalties for other offences. However it is now time for a comprehensive review of all sentencing and fines. In order that each offence is punished consistently. From memory I believe that the maximum sentence for burglary is more than ABH (s.18/20 OATPA). Which in my opinion is plainly wrong.
I never said anything about "on the spot". Besides, you're taking the definition slightly too literally; the police have a certain amount of flexibility in how they get payment. By "on the spot" they are primarily referring to the point at which the fine is issued.