Monday, 14 December 2009

Driver fined for throwing litter from his car

A motorist has been fined £150 and ordered to pay £1000 in court for throwing litter from his car.

Mr Yaseen Rahman of 29 Whites View, Bradford, was seen by an officer from Leeds City Council’s environment enforcement team throwing litter from his car as he was travelling on the Leeds inner ring road on the 4th March 2009.

The officer saw him throw food wrappers from the driver side door while travelling in very slow moving rush hour traffic at 6pm. The officer saw him open the door, lean out and throw the litter on the ground.

In his defence Mr Rahman said he was disabled due to a prolapsed disc in his back and was therefore unable to lean out of his car door to discard litter. He denied that he was on the inner ring road at the times of the offences but was unable to prove this. He claimed that he didn't join the inner ring road from Claypit Lane, as described by the Leeds City Council environment enforcement officer, but that he used a different slip road. However he changed his story during cross examination.

Mr Rahman said in court that he worked for the BBC and, in his own time, had made public anti-littering adverts for Bradford Council. He told Leeds City Council that he would never litter as he was a member of the Air Training Corps.

Mr Yaseen Rahman was found guilty of littering under Section 87 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in a case heard at Leeds Magistrates Court today, Monday 14 December. He was given a fine of £150, awarded costs of £1000 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge, in this case, Leeds City Council, of £15.

Councillor James Monaghan, Leeds City Council executive member responsible for environment enforcement, said:

“This case sends out an important message to both motorists and pedestrians that littering will not be tolerated. People who treat the environment as waste bin, whether throwing litter from a car or on the street, will be prosecuted and could have to pay a hefty fine.”

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