A motorist has been served with a £150 fixed penalty notice after throwing two cans out of his car window as he sat waiting at traffic lights in Hendon.
The driver’s actions were spotted by an environmental enforcement officer travelling in the car behind him.
She took down the car’s registration number and with the help of the police traced the registered keeper to an address in Houghton. When questioned he admitted throwing the can out of the car and offered to pay the fixed penalty notice.
Councillor Amy Wilson, Portfolio Holder for Transport and Environment, said:
“Throwing waste out of your car is not just lazy but irresponsible and this driver really ought to have known better.
“The vast majority of people take a pride in their city and wouldn’t dream of throwing rubbish out of their car window.
“They take their rubbish home with them or put it in a bin when they get to where they are going but there are always a few drivers who think its acceptable to get rid of their rubbish there and then.
“I would appeal to anyone who sees someone throwing waste out of a car to take down the registration number and report it to the council.”
Since February 2017, more than 1,300 Formal Warnings and Notices and 173 Fixed Penalty Notices for environmental crimes across the city, including littering, dog fouling and fly-tipping.
You can report fly-tipping and litter to the council here or on 0191 520 5550 or to your local ward councillor.
Fixed Penalty Notices are served as an alternative to formal court action and offer the offender the opportunity to pay the fine without incurring the higher court charges or incur a criminal conviction however, where payment of an Fixed Penalty Notice is not made, Sunderland City Council will prosecute offenders for the original offence of littering from a vehicle without authority.