Taxi driver fined £150 for dropping cigarette butt in South Cambridgeshire

A taxi driver has been fined £150 for throwing a cigarette butt on the ground.

A South Cambridgeshire District Council officer saw the private driver throw away the cigarette he was smoking at the Whittlesford petrol station before getting back into his taxi.

Throwing cigarette butts on the ground is an offense (55298095)

He was given the option of paying a fixed fine (FPN) rather than appearing in court for littering, which is an offense under section 87 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 .

If convicted in a magistrate’s court he could face a fine of up to £2,500 and the latest government evidence shows local authorities are spending around £40million a year to cope tobacco-related waste costs.

According to Public Health England, cigarette waste is present on 73% of streets in England, despite the drop in smoking.

Cigarette butts can take up to 12 years to biodegrade and contain harmful chemicals including formaldehyde, nicotine, arsenic, lead, copper, chromium, cadmium and a variety of polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).

Cllr Brian Milnes (Lib Dem, Sawston), senior cabinet member for environmental services and licensing, said: “Littering is a scourge across the country. We know how much this annoys our communities.

“Littering is antisocial behavior and one person’s carelessness creates an unpleasant environment for everyone. It’s very simple: please put your waste in a public bin or take it home for recycling or disposal. We will investigate these incidents and continue to impose fines of £150 on offenders in an attempt to resolve the issue.

“Anyone who wants to report someone for litter or fly dumps can do so on our website at There are also a host of Useful information on the website on how to handle waste responsibly.

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