Quoted in an article about fines for littering being levied against smokers who drop cigarette butts, in the Doncaster Free Press, the TPA say:
"On- the-spot fines can be a useful tool against people dropping cigarettes...But certain authorities seem to use them for revenue raising rather than law enforcement, which damages the legitimacy of these fines."
Sorry, I don't get it. Damages the legitimacy? How can it be illegitimate to fine someone who litters? So we should go easy on littering? That's not going to deter it - and council tax-payers will end up paying more taxes to pay for street cleaning! I thought the TPA were against taxes. You would think if there were an opportunity for law-breakers to pay for the consequences of their actions, rather than leaving the poor old taxpayer to pick up the tab (you see what I did there?), it would be a no-brainer. Welcome to the topsy-turvy world of the TPA...
Monday, February 8, 2010
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