EPA Victoria issued the company with a fine in February 2022, after a member of the public made a complaint, provided photos and reported the vehicle’s number plate and the driver’s description. The witness had seen the driver hanging their arm out of the vehicle window holding a lit cigarette, and watched to see if the driver would drop it.The smoker dropped the cigarette close to the intersection of Belgrave Hallam Road and Princes Highway, Hallam, as the vehicle slowed for a red light. The magistrate noted the evidence was sufficient to show guilt and it was appropriate to record a conviction as the accused had elected to have the matter heard in court and failed to attend.
The transport company was convicted, fined $1,800 and ordered to pay EPA’s costs of $406.16, for a total of $2,206.16.
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The incident took place on Saturday, 5 February 2022 at about 11:00am, near the intersection of Belgrave Hallam Road and the Princes Highway, Hallam. The matter came before Dandenong Magistrate’s Court on 16 June 2022.
Cigarette butts are the most common form of litter, many finding their way into nearby waterways and the bay and any burning cigarette butt creates a fire hazard. EPA issued more than 8,500 infringement notices for littering during 2020/21.