Finlay Carson MSP

Galloway and West Dumfries

Finlay welcomes plans for offence at chucking litter from vehicles


Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has welcomed plans by the SNP Government that will make it an offence to litter from vehicles.

The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP, who is also his party’s spokesperson on the natural environment believes motorists can be guilty of throwing litter out of their vehicles in his rural constituency.

Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham MSP announced the plans would be part of a future Circular Economy Bill in order to stop Scotland’s natural landscape being blighted by litter that is chucked away.

Research has revealed that over half of the litter on Scotland’s roads comes from people eating and drinking in their vehicles.

Mr Carson hopes that the measures will be put in place as soon as possible, rather than being kicked into the long grass.

Commenting Finlay Carson MSP said: “This is a welcome move to crackdown on those who litter our landscape, which is one of Galloway and West Dumfries’s biggest assets.

“This will send out a strong message that it will be an offence to blight our environment, through their laziness of throwing litter out a window.

“I have often seen roadsides blighted across my constituency and there is only so much our volunteers who pick up litter can do.

“I hope that these measures will come forward as quickly as possible as part of a Circular Economy Bill, rather than being another headline grabbing announcement in relation to the environment from the SNP Government.”