Motorists spotted dropping litter from their car should be fined and receive one penalty point on their licence, says Keep Britain Tidy.
The anti-litter charity has launched a campaign to tackle drivers who ‘lash the trash’.
As well as being ‘disgusting’, Keep Britain Tidy says throwing litter from cars can also be very dangerous for other road users, particularly cyclists and motorcyclists who can be distracted or hit by items.
Phil Barton, Keep Britain Tidy chief executive, said: “Our research shows that the best deterrent to stop motorists littering is points on their licence, community service and a large fine – in that order.
“It needs to be easier to prosecute offenders. The owner should be responsible for the actions of those inside the car. We therefore want the law to go further and see a penalty point put on the licence of those that litter from vehicles.”
A month long car litter campaign will see posters going up nationwide to remind motorists of their responsibilities.
Nearly 100 councils in England will be working with Keep Britain Tidy to gather evidence on when and where car litter offences occur. They will also be campaigning to raise awareness of the problem.
Click here to read the full Keep Britain Tidy news release.