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Wales looks to follow England on fly-tipping penalties

Nrw fly tipping

Fixed penalty notices (FPNs) for fly-tipping could be introduced in Wales following a public consultation launched by the Welsh Government.

Local authorities have the power to issue FPNs for offences such as littering and dog fouling, but fly-tipping requires a prosecution process through magistrate courts.

FPNs for small-scale fly-tipping was introduced in England during May 2016, but the Welsh Government says it is too early to assess the impact of the change.

The 12-week consultation proposes to give local authorities the ability to set the fixed penalty amount at between £150 and £400, with the default being £200.

They can use the money raised towards the costs of enforcement and the clear-up of dumped material.

Larger fly-tipping incidents such as a van tipping building waste would still be prosecuted through the courts.

Environment and rural affairs secretary Lesley Griffiths said: “The conversations we’ve had so far indicate this is a measure that would prove to be popular among the public. But we need to ensure that, if we are going to pursue this option, it is proportionate and workable.”

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