Published: Thu 5 September, 2019
A motorist that claimed he couldn’t remember who was driving his white Porsche when a cigarette was thrown out of its window has ended up with a £1,642 bill.
One of North West Leicestershire District Council’s (NWLDC) enforcement officers spotted the male driver of the Porsche 928 throw the cigarette stub onto London Road, Coalville, in December 2018.
The number plate was taken and Manoj Karpal, 42, of Scotlands Drive, Coalville, was issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice of £90.
Karpal responded to the notice confirming he was the registered keeper and the driver at the time of the incident, but then failed to pay the notice.
NWLDC initiated court proceedings and Karpal pled not guilty at the trial held at Loughborough Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 4 September.
In his evidence Karpal claimed initially that he or his wife could have been driving the vehicle, before upping this number to potentially three or four different people. He went on to say he ‘did not remember’ who was actually driving the car that day.
After deliberating magistrates confirmed they found the council’s evidence to be ‘clear, credible and precise’ and that Karpal’s was ‘confused and not credible’. They also pointed to Karpal’s initial acceptance that he was the driver as a key piece of evidence.
Karpal was handed a fine of £692 and ordered to pay NWLDC’s costs of £881, in addition to a £69 surcharge. This totals £1,642.
The original Fixed Penalty Notice was for £90 rising to £150 if not paid within 10 days.
Councillor Andrew Woodman, Portfolio Holder for Community Services at NWLDC, said: “Drivers throwing litter from cars is damaging to the environment and offensive to anyone that wants to walk down the street or through our countryside without seeing litter everywhere.
“This individual clearly doesn’t realise how seriously we take littering and has ended up paying a hugely inflated sum for his unacceptable behaviour.
“I hope this sends a strong message. Being in a car won’t protect litterers from receiving fines and if required, legal action.”