British drivers urged not to litter

Friday, 19 August 2011

UK drivers should do more to reduce the amount of litter on the country's roads, according to the Highways Agency.

The organisation told car insurance policyholders that it has to clear up around 240,000 sacks of dumped rubbish from England's motorways every year.

Mike Penning, the roads minister, said: "Litter is an unsightly and unnecessary burden and one that we can easily avoid – that's why we are asking all road users to do something very simple to make the roads safer and more pleasant for everyone."

He proposed the 'Bag it, Bin it' initiative, which would mean drivers keep a bag in their vehicle to store rubbish and then dispose of it safely.

The minister claims this would significantly help the Highways Agency tackle the problem of roadside litter.

Recently, car insurance policyholders were told that a granddad was given a 12-month conditional discharge and fined £100 after fly-tipping household waste at a roadside in Bandalls Lane, near Burton-on-the-Wolds.

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