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Louts dropping rubbish out of cars face £120 fines as new cameras rolled out

Litterbug drivers will be slapped with £120 fines if caught on new roadside cameras.

LitterCam technology will be first rolled out in Maidstone, Kent as a pilot scheme in early April to help out the town's dedicated wardens who handed out 200 on-the-spot penalty notices last year.

The Sunday Times has revealed fines for motorists caught red handed lobbing waste out their car windows, will start at £90 and rise to £120 if unpaid after 15 days.

Current law in England allows authorities to issue a maximum on-the-spot fine of £150.

Derek Mortimer, chairman of Maidstone borough council's communities, housing and environment committee, believes "thousands" of fines will be given to litterbugs in Maidstone over the year-long pilot.

He said: "It takes years for a cigarette butt to degrade, so we are saving the planet one step at a time."

LitterCam creator Andrew Kemp, hopes the tech will also be rolled out for trials in Wigan, Lancashire and Sheffield this year and has held talks with Transport Scotland and Zero Waste Scotland.

The camera's clever software matches footage of rubbish being discarded with a snap of the driver's number plate which if verified by LitterCam staff, is sent to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency for the vehicle's details.

A fixed penalty notice will then be issued by the council through the post, revealing the evidence captured on the LitterCam portal.

Earlier this month, it was announced a new tyre law would be coming into effect in February.

The government said the rules would impact lorries, buses and even coaches in the UK.

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Now large vehicles with older tyres could be dubbed illegal and fined under the new law which came into effect last week.

It is illegal to fix tyres older than 10 years old to front axels of good vehicles with a gross weight over 3,500kg.

The decision made by the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) (Amendment) Regulations was announced on July 15, 2020.

It comes after a study revealed tyre failures were up by a staggering 3% last year.

The data, from Evans Halshaw, found many illegal tyres were on the road across the UK.

A car which has an unfit tyre could cause a lot of problems in the road, sometimes fatal.

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